Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The Secret Schemes of Bath Manipulators

There are many reasons that parents should become heavily engaged in their children’s favorite passions. Some of them are helicopter parent-y, such as monitoring progress and making sure that their resumes are being burnished in preparation for the Ivy League.

Some reasons are thoughtful. When bad things happen, fictional accounts can help make sense of the situation. In the aftermath of 9/11, many children mentioned the destruction of the twin towers as something Lord Voldemort would have done, and Harry Potter gave them a framework for understanding.

Other parents use their knowledge for more nefarious purposes, such as convincing their children to take baths.

“We need to go fight Jengo Fett on the water planet of Kamino!”

This worked for two days, before we returned to “I doan WANNA.”

Tonight, I told the little dude that he could pretend he was a prisoner on the Death Star and that I was a stormtrooper marching him to the bath. He said that he’d rather be the stormtrooper. So instead, he marched me upstairs as his prisoner.

“Go upstairs!”
“I don’t WANNA!” I whined.
“You have to. Go!”

And then he took his bath. The end.

Well, until tomorrow, anyway.


Anonymous said...

I don't think I could even count the number of times that I have played King Triton to my daughter's Little Mermaid to get a bath happening. Whatever works, right?

Bob said...

Good role playing

Asianmommy said...

Ooh--you're goood!

mayberry said...

Do you have the Little Critter book "Just Go To Bed"? The dad is a master at this ... until he snaps at the end. Love that little touch of realism.