I'd bet plenty of parents have gone through this, but did you handle it the same way?
Bath time seems to be the most unhappy time around here for the boys.
Every night, I tell one of them to take a bath and I immediately hear AWWWWWWW!
What's wrong with getting clean?
I hear, "But I took a bath first LAST night!"
Does it really matter who goes first??? I bet if I made it a rule that everyone uses the same bath water I won't have to hear that anymore. They'd be fighting to get in first!
So, this particular night, it was Runnin' Man's turn to go first. I went into my bathroom to give Miss Missy her bath and Runnin' Man went to the other bathroom and turned on the shower.
By the time I'd finished with Miss Missy, Runnin' Man was already dressed and in my room watching TV.
Wow, I thought. This wasn't like him, he is usually the one that has to be told to get out the shower before he runs all the hot water out. He stands in the shower in HOT water, steaming up the bathroom for EVER!
Well, finally he was starting to realize that water AIN'T free and Mom likes to take hot showers too. Or maybe it was because he wanted to watch the NBA finals with his dad, but whatever.
Whatever the case, he was out and it was Sir-Talks-A-Lot's turn to get in. 2 minutes after going into the bathroom, Sir Talks-A-Lot comes back out of the bathroom with his towel wrapped around his waste.
"Mama, Runnin' Man (he doesn't really call him that) didn't wash up because his towel is DRY!"
All eyes turned to Runnin' Man and his eyes turned to the floor.
Me: Did you wash up, Runnin' Man?
Runnin' Man: no
After my long drawn out scolding of I CAN'T BELIEVE and YOU'RE SO NASTY, I decided that the best way to punish the boy for this to ensure that he wouldn't try to put one over on his parents again was to take drastic action.
Me: Get back in the shower and I'M gonna was you up!
Runnin' Man: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
You see, my 9 year old son is very modest and at that age where he doesn't want anyone to see what he has. So I know that the best punishment was embarrassment! This punishment wouldn't have phased Sir Talks-A-Lot because, well, he's kinda a purve and would probably get a kick out of it. Think I breast fed the boy too long! LOL!
So back to the punishment. BWUUUAHAHAHAH! Evil, I know.
Well when his brother finished his shower, I ordered Runnin' Man back into the shower. A few minutes later, I walked into the bathroom and there came the waterworks.
Runnin' Man: NOOOOOOOOOO!
Me: Yeeeeeeeeeesssss! Maybe next time you'll learn to do it yourself and your mommy wont have to wash you up anymore.
Sir Talks-A-Lot was crackin' up from their room!
Runnin' Man: NOOOOOOOOOOO!
I grabbed the soap and towel and went to work, angry and laughing all at the same time as my truly embarrassed son cried his eyes out.
I can assure you that he'll never try that one on me again!