My problem with running a bath

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Filling this thing should be easy. Not, however, if it’s left to me. Pic credit below.

We all know the phrase about throwing the “baby out with the bathwater.” This isn’t my problem. My problem is getting the water into the kids’ bath in the first place.

I have a terrible habit you see. I often start running the bath while the children are finishing off their evening meal. All too often, something happens to distract me, be it a demand for more food or to use the potty, and I end up returning to the bath when it is either far too hot or far too cold.

A brief period of chaos will ensue while the children, who had been expecting a bath, have to wait around while daddy sorts the water out and gets it to the correct temperature. Inevitably, this will often entail pulling the plug and letting some of the bath water out.

This makes me feel guilty. First of all it’s wasteful and the environment suffers. Secondly, we pay for water by the litre and so it’s literally money going down the drain.

Thankfully I haven’t yet returned to the bath to find water spilling all over the bathroom floor. If I carry on with my cavalier approach I guess there’s a risk it may happen, but thus far, it hasn’t.

For a variety of reasons I have tried to encourage the children to have showers instead of a bath. Bizarrely, this idea has been a little too successful and so it’s something I do sparingly.

The suggestion of having a shower almost always meets with major resistance. One the kids are in the shower, however, they steadfastly refuse to get out. The result? More water gets used than if they’d had a bath.

The answer to this, of course, is exceedingly simple. I must not run the bath if there’s a risk I may be distracted. It’s a very straightforward solution, but will I amend my ways?

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8 Comments

  1. February 17, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    This is hilarious. My husband does this allllllllll the tiiiiiime. He started setting the timer on his phone to keep him on task.

    • John Adams
      Author
      February 17, 2015 / 9:28 pm

      Setting the timer on my phone? Why did I not think of this?

  2. February 18, 2015 / 8:05 am

    Yes, I was going to suggest setting a phone timer too, especially as my husband started doing this when he had to hurriedly return to brimming baths.

    • John Adams
      Author
      February 21, 2015 / 6:03 am

      This seems to be a very popular approach!

  3. February 19, 2015 / 10:53 pm

    Yep timer here too. I’m such a shocker, I have to set the timer when making toast too. Absolutely hopeless case. Me not you!

    • John Adams
      Author
      February 21, 2015 / 6:01 am

      If anything, I always UNDER do the toast! Thanks for commenting.

  4. March 14, 2019 / 9:25 pm

    Happens to me all the time so can totally relate to it. Even worse, sometimes the hot water is off and I find myself returning to check the bath with ice cold water in it. Baby not happy πŸ™‚ There should be a solution to it. I started sharing my baby bathing stories here if you want to have a quick look: babysplashes.com/avoid-toddler-bath-time-tantrums/ Not the best looking blog yet, but working on it πŸ™‚

    • John Adams
      Author
      March 15, 2019 / 6:05 am

      Thanks Kristian. I will be sure to take a look. Not so much a problem for me any longer as my kids are older and sometimes have showers. Even so, a common parenting problem!