One would think that children who are capable of learning to ski down mountains, unassisted, would also be capable of flushing the toilet.
Sadly, this is an erroneous assumption.
The pee soup and poop stew was getting so vexing to this mother that I implemented a new law.
If poop or any pee is found in any household toilet, then all four Workman children must scrub a bathroom. Immediately.
Needless to say, my children have become well aquainted with the toilet scrubber in the past few weeks. They are learning, though, and there is less and less pee soup and poop stew greeting me from the bowl.
The children have conspired, together, as is to be reasonably expected, and determined that if they discover any left-behind treasures they will immediately flush so as not to be discovered. Curiously, a couple of little people just can't help but announce the presence of rouge poops....Then all the other children chastise them for telling (while they are scrubbing).
And, of course, there is the blaming game, where children attempt to identify the perpetrator based on size, shape and color of the evidence. The law, however, takes no care for the identity of the pooper. Any discovery of waste means that everyone scrubs. Equal opportunity is alive and well at this house.
I've never had cleaner bathrooms, this is for sure. I also realize that my 35+ year-old bathrooms are just gross all the time, even freshly scrubbed. Time to seriously consider some home improvement. And if kid-improvement continues I may just have to sabotage the potty once in a while so that the scrubbing continues.
I also want to make sure the skiing continues. So much fun to be outside enjoying these little people as they become more and more independent.