It’s Mother’s Day today, and, in honor of my wife, I thought I’d share a little white lie that has helped us shave off half an hour off our daughter’s nighttime routine. For those who are not familiar with the wee one, she’s a sparkly, mischevious two-and-a-half-year-old who was a duck in a previous life. Or at least that’s what both the missus and I believe, as she loves nothing more than splashing in the bathtub until she resembles a giant raisin.
Yep, that’s her. Heck, she even admits it: we once caught her jumping up and down in a muddy puddle happily yelling, “I’m a duck!”
Saved By The Easter Bunny
So, how do you get a duck out of the bathtub?
Here’s where a desperate parent’s ingenuity shines through. At Easter, we hid away in the garden half a dozen chocolate eggs. She had such a lovely time searching for them, that we then hid a couple more around the house. She discovered them all but one. So, as I was giving her her bath, I mentioned that fact to her. Right away, she darted out of the bathtub and went looking for it.
A lightbulb went on over my head.
Since then, while I’m giving her her bath, Electra “hides” away a chocolate egg (it’s not really hiding, I guess, as we want her to find it rather easily). Then, once we’re done with the bath, I casually ask the wee one:
So, do you think the bunny has hidden any eggs for you tonight?
Zoom! Problem solved! Our bath time is now down to 10 minutes from over half an hour, and our bathroom has never looked cleaner!
Oh, and speaking of ducks, have you seen James Veitch’s hilarious sketch on Conan?
So, what white lies do you use – or did your own mother use while you were growing up?
While I wait for your stories, let me wish you a Happy Mother’s Day!
Nice strategy you’ve got, but not sure how long that will last! Kids are fast learners!!!
Damn. There goes my burst bubble 😀
Oh, me again, I forgot to let you know your ‘like’ button wouldn’t show up while I was here.
Oh! How odd! Thanks, I’ll look into it.
If you made changes because of GDPR, that might have killed the ‘like’, like it seemed to do in my comments. 🙁
That was so beautiful. That little wee one is growing up so fast, she’s a beauty. 🙂
She really is. A naughty, naughty beauty.
Excellent story! 😀 … I’m afraid my parents were a little more to the point, it was do whatever, or ‘feel the back of my hand.’ Just as effective, but far more unpleasant than your method. 🙂
My own parents were much like yours (my dad in particular). He’s a good man, but also a product of his times. I’m trying to be the kind of father I know he’d be, had he been born 40 years later.
Your daughter is a beautiful little girl! And what a creative way to get her out of the bath. I wish I’d thought of it – both our children loved their baths, especially my son, who could have been Calvin.
Lol-as a fellow duck tamer, I hear the pain behind your words 😀
Nicholas, I note from your disclaimer at the bottom of your comments, that you are probably well aware of this.
Is that disclaimer all we need to get around this regulation? And do you have to copy and paste this under every post?
Off topic, I know, but you are always a mine of valuable blogging information.
Best wishes, Pete.
You have quite the eagle eye, Pete! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, please, when all is answered (it’s over 1,000 words long, so I’d rather not give you a hasty response here) 🙂
Many thanks, Nicholas. I will be tuning in! 🙂
She is GORGEOUS, Nick. And so clean!!
Ha ha-squeaky clean 😀
Very clever of you & Electra! A two-and-a-half year old is a tremendous challenge to raise. But, the trusting threes are coming up! She’s adorable & already has a great imagination. Happy Mother’s Day, Electra! Enjoy every minute with your wonderful family! ???Christine
Lol-thank you for that, I needed to know that the madness ends soon 😀
My Mum only had to say she would tell my Dad!
Not Mother’s Day here, but I hope you had a good one.
Best wishes, Pete.
Same here. I try to be the sort of dad I know my dad wishes he’d been (he was pretty much a man of his times: loving but pretty harsh).
Haha, you and Electra have mastered teamwork! Also, I’ve seen James Veitch’s duck sketch, and it’s awesome!
Thank you! We do try, even though this particular weekend she’s been unbearable. She’s at the stage where she no longer wants to nap in the afternoon but is too young to last until the evening without getting real cranky.
so cute and funny
Thank you 🙂
Thank you 🙂
Your most welcome . I’m is my pleasure.