Sometimes it’s fun to do something out of the ordinary. Yesterday that’s what we did! Both Luca and Micha are sick and Mommy and Daddy are starting to get sore throats. Poor Micha’s nose was running like crazy. Luca’s chest was congested. Micha needed a bit of a distraction in the afternoon because she was tired and a bit fussy. She didn’t want to do much but I suggested she and I take a bath together. “Yeah!”, was the response.
We went upstairs and got her bath toys and bubble bath soap. I told Jeff to bring Luca up in a little bit so he could benefit from the warm water and steam.
Micha and I splashed around, squirted each other with her bath toys and made foam beards on our faces. She kept laying back, trying to balance on her bottom and then would let herself go after a few seconds and splash into the water. She laughed and we were both happy. About 10-15 minutes later Jeff and Luca came up. Micha said, “Daddy, come on! Bath!” He said he didn’t want to but Micha only had to ask twice before he said, “okay”.
Jeff and I laughed at the silliness of all of us being in the tub together, but we also laughed out of joy. I’ve never heard of a whole family taking a bath together! Fortunately, we have a triangular tub so we could all fit, which won’t be the case when we move.
We’re not planning on making it a habit to have ‘family bath time’, but it’s fun to be sporadic at times. You may not like the idea of a family bath but think of something out of the ordinary that you and your family can do together. Maybe you all jump on the bed. Or maybe you all squish together on the couch or a big chair to read a book together. Surprise your kids, surprise your spouse and surprise yourself–you may just end up having a grand ol’ time!!!
Angela M. Barbieri
I am a happy mother of two. I’ve written for as long as I can remember. Since becoming a mother, I’ve started sharing my writing to connect with others and share what I learn. I hope to support parents through my writing because parenting challenges us (understatement) but also allows us to relive innocent, new experiences through the eyes of our children (amazing!).
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