My kid loves a good, long bath. Who doesn't? You can sit back and relax. You can fill it with bubbles. You can play with your tub toys and pretend to swim across the ocean.
But we don't always have time to indulge in an hour-long bath. That's when a quick shower is convenient. But Little Dude is not a fan of showers.
So this morning, I braced myself as I prepared Little Dude for a shower. Turned on the water and made sure it was the right temperature. Had the towels and a change of clothes nearby. Had the shampoo and soap ready for action. Little Dude was about to step into the shower when he stopped. "Can I take a bath instead?"
Now, there are a few options to get a little kid to do something he doesn't want. The first is physical force. However, as I ran through the scenario in my mind, it pretty much ended with my getting soaked. So I went with another option...
"You know, Super Heroes take showers."
"Who?" This kid was not going to be fooled.
"Aquaman is always in the water. He doesn't need a shower."
"OK, well Aquaman probably prefers baths anyways, but Superman takes showers."
I was rolling now! "Yes, Superman. He has to clean off all the bugs that get all over him while he's flying around."
"Oh. Who else?"
I could see this kid was going to need further proof before he was convinced.
"Batman. Batman takes a shower. And Spiderman. He gets all the dirt and grime from the buildings on him and he gets bugs on him too from swinging around the city."
"What about the Green Lantern?"
"Sure. The Green Lantern takes showers too."
"Does he get dirty?"
"He takes showers simply because he likes them. Some people like taking showers."
I could see Little Dude pondering what he had just learned. It seemed to have convinced him. As he was stepping into the shower he finally said, "But Aquaman doesn't take showers. He likes baths."