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Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Bath Obsession

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Bath Obsession

Some kids won't get in the tub and my son won't get out. He loves bathing so much that he climbs in and slathers himself with soap so we have to turn the water on. Who knew my lil mess maker — the guy that dives into the dirt and changes his own diaper — would double as Mr. Clean? Since he runs nonstop, maybe he just likes to soak his small muscles? I'll never know, but I do expect the water bill will go up. The other day he took three baths. The first he finagled with the soap trick, the second was a result of his ingenious idea to rub apple sauce all over his body and hair, and the finale was after he skated around the kitchen on a cupcake. To see what happened,


Just when I thought the laundry load of towels would die down, I peeked in and found him barefoot slipping around the linoleum on buttercream frosting and cake crumbs. "Yuck!" he said and headed to the restroom. I figure it's a phase and if it's the worst thing he does, we're lucky and he's squeaky least for a while.


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Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Children are very naughty though, the whole egocentric stage is killer, sounds like you haven't spent your fair share of time around 2 or 3 year olds.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
"I don't think kids are evil, so we have a different point of view there as well." I meant evil in a very loose joking way, kind of Dennis the Menacey. The bath smells foul, the stink doesn't stick to skin. I think having a child that runs to the bath and forces accidents that add more to a busy schedule is out maneuvering you. But maybe I have higher standards of behavior, plus I prefer to out smart than yell or be frustrated.
MissSushi MissSushi 8 years
Yeah I think its a bit much. While he is taking advantage of the situation by getting dirty, hes young and not angling for off limit things or extra sweets. I would personally do a quick shower instead of a bath for situations like that. Im going to end up running into this in a way, my daughter is one of those kids, from about 5 months on mind you, who intentionionally makes herself gag and unintentionally works herself up so much that she ends up choking and puking. Someone told me the jon and kate's had this issue with one of theirs, and would make her wear her pukey clothes all day. I dont think id go that far, for one i dislike the smell of vomit too much, and its really unhygeinic but she will miss out on a few fun activities and have a quick, fairly cool shower if she does do it.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
We have a different idea of "running all over you" for starters. I think it's pretty awful to a child to deliberately make them smell foul, especially when they're toddlers. Simply cleaning it and not rewarding works fine for me. I don't think kids are evil, so we have a different point of view there as well.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
What's wrong with a few foul smelling vegetables? They're safe. I love children, but letting them run all over you is a mistake and sets a bad precedent.
Greggie Greggie 8 years
I wouldn't go nearly as far as jessiebanana suggested either. We did stuff like showers, which they didn't like, when they deliberately messed up stuff to get a bath. I wasn't going to reward destroying my kitchen, for example.
facin8me facin8me 8 years
I don't if one would have to go as far as jessiebanana suggests. t seems like good old fashioned discipline would work if it was tried. Small children should never be allowed to behave like this. It's only a matter of time before he figures out how to turn on the water himself; he could be scalded or worse.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
If your child is going to be that cunning you have to keep up with the curve, I'd make this a game. Try changing the association, so instead of a nice warm bath (I'd start with smell) give him a stinky one. There are some foul smelling edible vegetables out there. I'd blend some and put it in his body wash/shampoo. Only the baths that happened during normal bath time would smell nice and any intentional accident (woo oxymoron) caused baths would smell bad. I would keep trying until I found something he hated. Sounds like a smart kid, which is great, but smart kids tend be kind of evil in their early years. I would know, I was one. It's got a lot to do with boredom and imagination, idle hands and what not. So I would call this practice and honing of your skills for more deviousness to come.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
I've been very lucky that both my boys have loved baths. The second one is much more of a water baby and suspect he might do these type of things in the future to get extra bath time.
scotlandrulz scotlandrulz 8 years
katedavis katedavis 8 years
That is sooooo cute!
Gruberr1 Gruberr1 8 years
Lil - he is so cute!! Ours doesn't climb in on his own, but he certainly hates coming out!
Roarman Roarman 8 years
That's a cute picture. I have the opposite problem, my sone hates the bath. he loved them for about 3 months, now he screams the whole time and won't even sit down.
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 8 years
My daughter hates to get out of the tub, but never comes up with ways to get herself there! This is too funny!
psterling psterling 8 years
Cute, but I can imagine its also frustrating for you!
Rally-RE Rally-RE 8 years
that is TOO cute!!!!!!!!!
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