Bath Time with....Dad?
About three years ago I began to think that it was time to have another child. Maybe it was because my son was turning two and my daughter was turning four, maybe it was because many of my friends were having a third, or maybe it was because so many people were asking me when I was going to have another baby, but whatever the case, I was hearing the calling. The thing is, my husband and I always knew we only wanted two children. On top of that, both of my pregnancies and deliveries were traumatic, and both of our children were sick infants. Neither one of us had any interest in going through that again.
So what did I do to quench this parenting thirst? I started a business. Suddenly I had a project beyond my eleven hour days alone with the kids. I was meeting new people, learning new things, and those voices in my head tricking me into becoming a family of five moved on to other things.
It wasn't long before the business grew and I needed to devote longer periods of time to work. We had no desire to hire child care beyond the short amount of time the kids were in pre-school, so that left weekends and evenings. As part of the deal, my husband took over the bath time routine. For awhile it was hard to stop correcting the way he did things, but soon I learned to stay quiet and enjoy the sound of laughter coming from the bathroom each night while I was working. Over the last couple of years this time has become a special time between my husband and the kids, and now when I do take over bath time, I am definitely the one who can't hang with the normal routine.
What makes it so fun?
Silliness - Whereas mom gets down to business, there's something about splashing with dad that is tons more fun.
Bubbles - Why wait for a special occasion? I often hear the call for "Bubble bath!!" in my home.
Special soap - My husband takes the kids shopping for their own shampoo so they get to choose various "flavors" and characters depending on their mood.
Toys - What is bath time without toys? Even though my daughter is nearly seven and often prefers a shower, when dad's in charge of giving her a bath, there are always bath toys involved.
Turning over the bath time ritual to my husband was one of the best decisions I have made as a parent both for us and for the kids. Now if I can only convince him that the laundry is worth trying...