Shower Madness

Birthday parties for kids are such fun that I decided to try a pool gala for my nephew George, five, at his suburban home. The yard was great for the little ones—lots of space, a nice lawn, some pool toys, and the like. Just a few friends would be coming so the adults could watch the little swimmers frolic. A lot of splashing and yelling indicated a good time was in progress. The tots were just out of toddlerhood and able to enjoy water games and sports. Some could dive off the low board, usually in cannonball fashion. Others waded quietly in the shade. Things progressed well for the two-hour festivities. As the kids became tired, however, they needed to get out of the pool and dress for cake time and photos. We had it pretty well planned. In spite of our vigilance, however, one little deserter found his way to the upstairs bathroom and decided to shower off the smelly chlorine. Who knows why?

A little trail of wet footprints was found leading to the master bath. After all, it had a huge shower with a double shower head, big enough for two adults to clean themselves in luxury… or get a bit of mum and dad time. Pete, the kid in question, thought this would be just right. Surprise, surprise. The shower head was so complicated that when he started turning the knobs, a deluge of water began drenching his little soul. We found him in no time after seeing his abandoned clothing and hearing assorted shrieks–not always of delight.

We found the tyke up to his little behind in suds, which was a laughing matter; but we also detected tears amid the water droplets covering his diminutive face. Poor fellow. We felt so sorry for him. We dried him off with a big, fluffy deluxe towel and wrapped him in a dry one to take him downstairs for a change of clothes. We thought that would be the end of the matter. Not so.

A few of us parents finally got to see what A Great Shower that George’s parents have. The bathroom area rug was a miniature wading pool and George’s parents were in considerable distress. Pete could have drowned, after all, in their very own kid-safe home. They thought the kids would be secure by the pool and they were right! The house was another matter.

Pete was the talk of cake time. He couldn’t stop bragging about his adventure and loved the attention. George was not as enamored with the tale, but the birthday boy put up with it seeing all the laughter and glee. Pete was his buddy and frequent play date. He wasn’t going to spoil his fun. Kids like adversity, especially when they can overcome it. The shower head became an evil dragon spewing water venom. The adults could just see vivid pictures in the children’s heads of this simple device coming to life. Pete was the conquering hero and a good time was had by all. But not until each child got to see the villain for himself.

Buying a School Backpack for My Daughter

So I’m a previous mother of two, ages two and four respectively, and just recently I’ve received a new little blessing who is only a few months old. My oldest is starting school soon, and I was determined to find the perfect backpack for her.

The most important thing is to find something that will not only be comfortable for her, but also be something that she really likes and wants to wear. While she probably won’t think that it is a cool backpack when she turns 7 or 8, I do want her to think it is a cool backpack right now at five – and I’ll buy her another one next year or the year after, when she has had enough of it. But at the same time I wanted to make sure that it was also going to be durable and functional enough to at least last a year or two.

I obviously want my child to actually like the backpack just because that’s a good reason all by itself. But also, it’s really hard to get a backpack on a four year old in the morning when they really don’t want to wear it. This is especially hard to do really quickly.

But in my mind safety was first. I didn’t want the backpack to be made of anything that was dangerous! So I did a lot of looking around online to find out what was safe. The best places are review sites, but also consumer sites were good too. One rule of thumb I found that was very good is that a backpack should weigh only about 10 percent or so of the child’s body weight. So my child weighs about 40 pounds, so I had to make sure I got a backpack that only weighed about 4 pounds. You can go up to 15 percent but that’s at the very most.

Otherwise, I’d risk my child toppling over and hurting himself! I’m obviously not going to let that happen! Part of this is also that the backpack has to actually be able to hold whatever I need to send with my baby when they go to school. So the material has to be tough enough to hold it. A lot of the backpacks available for children are made of really cheap, really thin plastic. So if you want to send a lunch with anything even slightly solid in it, like a thermos, you risk it falling right out of the bottom of the backpack if the material isn’t solid. I read a lot of reviews for different backpacks until I was convinced that the one I got was made of durable material. After all, these things get dropped and thrown around sometimes, every once in a while they may bump into something sharp, If the backpack is made of plastic with the thickness and consistency of paper, it will just rip apart.

Once I had an idea of the kind of backpacks for school that would work for my daughter, I made sure to go to a local store that had some versions of it first so she could look at it and I could see whether she would like it. The last thing I wanted was to go through all that trouble and then have her hate it and throw it around

It turns out she really liked it though, so all was well!