Taking a bath with kids in the house is kind of like taking shots of cheap vodka — you aren’t going to enjoy it. You might think you will for some ungodly reason, but reality will come crashing down pretty quickly.
That moment of tranquility as you’re becoming one with water that’s almost scalding hot will quickly dissipate as the stream of constant interruptions begins. And, sure, you could lock the door, but that doesn’t stop them from yelling from the other side (nor does it stop the toddler from trying to break the door down). And, you better be ready to pay back those minutes you carved away from yourself with interest, because believe me, the kids are counting.
By the way, if you ever want a younger child to take a bath, the best way to do so is to get in yourself and load up on the bubbles. As much as my daughter has fun taking baths (in her “swimming pool” as she calls the tub), she fights tooth and nail over actually having to get in. All I have to do is announce that I’m taking a bubble bath and get in, and within a few minutes her head appears over the side of the tub. She marvels over the bubbles and then calls her dad to undress her so she can get in.
For getting older kids to bathe — good luck. I’ve yet to find a way to get Little Man to take a shower without him complaining because he doesn’t want to lose out on free time before bed. I’ve pointed out to no avail that his process of complaining and dragging his feet probably takes more time than actually bathing. Maybe one of these days he’ll get it.
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