Teaching Kids How to Shower
This is one of those keepin’ it real moments, folks. I am going to share a parenting struggle. This struggle is real, and it’s gone on for far too long. Frankly, it’s embarrassing, but it is what it is. This is how it all goes down…
After dinner, my kids morph into wild maniacs. They strip themselves of every stitch of clothing and run frantically upstairs. They are supposed to get into the tub, or shower, and act like they are cleaning themselves. At 7, 5 1/2, and 3 1/2-years of age, I don’t expect that they are going to clean themselves well, however, I do expect that they will be in there doing something, preferably with soap.
Instead, I typically enter the kids’ bath to find them sitting in the tub together, being all kinds of loud, with bone dry heads, no soap in sight. At this point, I will ask them to get their respective noggins wet and to start washing their bodies.
In response? I get more noise and THIS:
I continue, “Hey you guys. Please pour water over your heads.”
Deep breath. Louder this time, “I need you to start washing your bodies. Now.”
Deeeeep breaths. “Leo! T! Seuss! Start washing your bodies… NOW!”
It is at this point that I’m wholly frustrated, tired, and cranky. I roll up my sleeves and enter what is now akin to a war zone. I attempt to clean these wild, out-of-control, squirmy little people.
It is completely, utterly, mind-numbingly, frustratingly EXHAUSTING. I always find myself questioning how this train got off its track. Bath time used to calmer, enjoyable. I used to look forward to it. Every night, I end this ritual asking myself:
“WHEN WILL THEY BE ABLE TO CLEAN THEIR BODIES?!”
Well, the other night, the school psychologist in me got a little more fired up than usual. I took matters into my own hands. I have incorporated visual schedules all over the place, why not make one for the shower itself?
And, guess what??
How to Shower had an immediate positive impact on our evening routine. Now, instead of nagging and receiving blank stares from wild little bodies, we have a little bit of order. The kids take turns showering and when they are in there, I point to each item and tell them what the sign says they should be doing. And they do it! Is it perfect? Nope, not even close. But, I now have hope!
And, guess what else??
The other day I was
whining talking to Colleen about our nightly bath time debacle and my silly yet effective solution and she suggested I put it on the site. The reality is, if I’m having this unfortunate nightly occurrence, someone else out there is, too.
So, in the name of #keepingitreal, I am sharing this with you folks and for those of you who are suffering similar nightly fiascos, I am offering my official How to Shower printable FOR FREE.
Now, don’t get too excited, folks. It’s not fancy. In fact, that isn’t even ClipArt, it’s CaitArt, but if it helps just one mama through that dreaded bath debacle, it is worth the rest of you folks giggling at me.
So, if you want my official How to Shower free printable, click here, and then all you need to do is to print and laminate and voila! Watch those important life skills take shape before your very eyes (with the hope that, one day, bodily cleaning will happen without your direct supervision).
Tell me, folks… do you think I’m crazy??
Are you laughing right now? And, on a more serious note, how do you encourage those important life skills at home? And, speaking of which, have you read my friend Kara’s post Why We Practice Life Skills Summers over on Simple Homeschool? It’s a good one and you should head over there next!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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