Don’t throw the daddy out with the bath water

The other day, we were trying everything we could to get Dylan to have a bath. I don’t know where his sudden hatred of them has come from – he’s nowhere near being a soap-dodging early teenager yet – but hate them he does. Xander was already in the bath, quite happily playing with his toys but, despite being ready to get in, Dylan was having none of it and was starting to gear up for a tantrum.

Perhaps foolishly, I decided enough was enough and put him in anyway. The tantrum began in earnest. Quick thinking was required. I got in the bath with the pair of them. Fully clothed. I don’t know what I thought this was going to achieve, but I thought it may distract them at least. It did. It got laughs aplenty from the boys and Dylan even consented to a hairwash – but only after the following sequence of events had unfolded…

Shocker. Dylan realises that bath time can be fun after all…
That’s the T-shirt joining the jeans, socks and pants in the washing machine then…
This was the awkward moment when I remembered that Xander had peed in the bath

While this strange, spontaneous experiment can be deemed a success, I do hope Dylan and Xander don’t expect this to happen every time…

Comments

  1. Sarah Miles

    Well, hats off to you but rod for your own back! I can just see them, leaping in, fully-clothed ‘well, Daddy did it!’

    Love the pic of the pee-realisation…made me chuckle.

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  2. Merlinda (@pixiedusk)

    Are you going to be mad if I am laughing at this incident! I just saw my husband in you. He actually probably wants to get even and pee in the bath as well. For now he is listening to my advice not too.. but if the little boy gets too much husband probably will get even =P #pocolo

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      Tom

      No, feel free to laugh away! Hadn’t thought of getting even like that myself… maybe next time! 😉

  3. Kriss MacDonald

    lol that’s a brilliant way to divert a tantrum! Hopefully they won’t expect you to keep on doing the same…every day 🙂 #pocolo

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      Tom

      Yes, hopefully not, but if that’s what it takes to get them both in the bath then I’ll do it! 🙂

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  4. Jaime Oliver

    lol lol i love this .. i have so been on the verge of this myself but my uptight nature and OCD pulled me back! having looked at your pictures i so wish i had done it now.

    thanks for linking up with #PoCoLo

    p.s hope bathtime is not always so stressful

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      Tom

      Thanks Jaime. It’ll always be stressful with my two – think jeans and T-shirt in the bath will become the norm in our house!

  5. Jonathan

    Loved reading this and well done for jumping into the bath with your clothes on, sounds like fun! Our one year old’s attitudes to baths seem to have changed a bit even over the last 12 months. He’s really grown to like them and this means that he often starts crying when it’s time to get out. #PoCoLo

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      Tom

      Cheers Jonathan. Ah, I remember those stages! Dylan loved having a bath for a good year or so after the initial reluctance, but hates the idea again now. Infuriating – guess I’m going to have to get my clothes wet again and again!

  6. Jess Paterson

    Brilliant, Tom, that would totally distract any kid. Congrats on sneaking in the hair wash too. Hope you’ve broken his phobia in its infancy so your jeans live to be worn another day. Who needs more laundry? Although their pee is sterile….right?

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