We all torture our kids with various things.
For some, it is hand washing. For others, tooth brushing. It can be putting on shoes, drinking water, taking a bath or getting strapped into a carseat.
Over the last year for example, I've been torturing my son with this neato product:
Oh yes, I've tried different brands, let him pick them out, called it different names ("happy sunny lotion!") and all that good parenting stuff.
Each one inflicts just as much pain and suffering as the next.
It goes like this…
Torture has begun.
I soften the blow by letting him know good news.
I ask him to explain.
So then I try a bunch of crap…
This is where I attempt different parenting tricks. I already know the tricks so you don't need to tell them to me. Like offering to "do it together" or "how about you do it yourself" or "I'll wait until you are ready" and stuff. Or making a game out of it "let's see how quickly we can do it, we'll count!" and blah, blah, blah.
No really, I've tried all the methods and read all the books.
I have tried everything short of using any kind of force, because that just ain't my thing.
But he is a smart little bugger.
He knows that no matter how it is presented I am essentially just saying this again:
He screams a bit more.
Then suddenly, he stops screaming, stands up and agrees to put the sunscreen on.
Not without more whimpering and whining though. Even a tear or two.
Finally, after all of three seconds we're done.
But he has completely forgotten about it.
Because really, nothing did happen.
I sure wish he'd remember this.
What do your little ones hate to do the most?
My ever-popular disclaimer: this isn't a real-time post. He is cool with sunscreen now. But this was pure torture age 3-4ish.