Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Happy Birthday to Poo!

Every evening before dinner we can hear the happy sound of "Happy Birthday to You" being sung by our children through powder room door. No, it's not their birthdays (well, I guess twice a year it's one of theirs, but that's not the point), and no, they're not serenading their poo (at least I hope not).

Rather, this has been our most successful campaign to get our children to wash their hands for the requisite amount of time. They now cleanse their hands for as long as it takes them to sing Happy Birthday twice. They insert the name of a different person in the appropriate place holder every night (last night it was Uncle Bob), and they think it's hilarious.

6 Comments:

At 3:59 PM, Blogger sxKitten said...

I have the opposite problem with my 2 - they can hole up for 45 minutes, burning through half a tank of hot water and an entire bottle of liquid soap. And that's without touching the grime on the backs of their hands.

 
At 5:30 PM, Blogger Mister Underhill said...

Haha...that is a clever way to get kids to do soemthing they hate. I doubt they would be so sanguine if they didn't get to change the lyrics around like that....

 
At 9:48 PM, Blogger Rambling Rene said...

Sxkitten, I've NEVER heard of children that like to wash their hands, but I guess there's a first time for everything.
I like this blog. I'm learning super tricks for when I have children!

 
At 11:06 AM, Blogger withknivesout said...

yeah, it's the first blog i read everyday.

 
At 3:53 PM, Blogger sxKitten said...

Rene: it only applies to their hands, and only the fronts of those. Attempts to wash faces and other body parts are met with shrieks.

 
At 11:50 PM, Blogger Rambling Rene said...

HAHAHAHAH! Yeah, I apparently didn't really like baths when I was first born. In retrospect, my mom thinks she didn't have the water warm enough because she was afraid of burning me. Honestly, it should say somewhere what the right temp is for baby baths.

 

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