When I was little, I hated taking baths. When it was time for one, I would throw soap into the water, let it turn gray and make a few swishes to keep any listeners at bay.
But it was the smell of NOT taking a bath for a week – that told on me.
Turns out, my little ones have the same gene. Often times, after playing outside for a couple of hours, my kids get that “dirty stinky school bus smell.” They beg me not to have to take a bath. They have turned out to be quiet the negotiators. They should do well as salesman in their later years.
So as an incentive, after dinner I tell them they can have dessert -IN THE TUB! You have never seen a child run so fast, jump in the tub and take a bath. The power of a popsicle or jello cup is incredible.
For me it’s a Win Win. They are getting a bath and my kitchen is not sticky from dripping popsicles. So when the tub is drained, I just have them drop the popsicle sticks and jello cups in the trash and everyone is happy and sparkling clean.
Here’s to a clean kitchen and clean little bodies. : )