Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Threats That Only Work On 4 Year Olds

"If you get out of bed one more time, you won't allowed to wash the windows tomorrow!"

10 comments:

Julie said...

omg, I love that!!!!

Gigs said...

Yeah, that would NEVER work on a teenager! :)

Smitty said...

If that's a threat that works for your kids, then you are fifty times the parent I'll ever be. I knew going in that you're already at least 10, if not 20 times, the parent I am. But that the threat of not being able to participate in a cleaning project is a viable threat in your house? Orders of magnitude, Mrs. F. Mrs. Smitty and I have much to learn.

Mrs Furious said...

Smitty,
Does it help to know that I believe we clean them so infrequently that she holds up window washing as a once in a lifetime opportunity?

Or, that after I said that, Mr F reenforced it with "and you'll have to clean the toilets with your tongue instead!" (newbie mistake: taking clean threats too far)

All true. But I think the real power behind window washing is the freedom to have complete control over a spray bottle. It's the same reason I can convince her to wash the floors... spray bottle & washcloth... give 'em to your boys and watch the magic happen.

Smitty said...

give 'em to your boys and watch the magic happen.

I want to. I really do. But I envision instead, knowing The Platoon as I do, that it will only end - tragically - with faces full of windex. They will become weapons. Perhaps I will start small, like with spray bottles of water....

Or, that after I said that, Mr F reenforced it with "and you'll have to clean the toilets with your tongue instead!"

Mr F and I have similar taste in threats.

Mrs Furious said...

Oh, Yes, I failed to mention that important caveat.... water only. Baby has terrible attention to detail and there is no telling what is going to get wetted in the process.
FYI, It turns out dried up spit out toothpaste globs are a marvelous cleaning agent, similar to softscrub, when activated by a wet washcloth.

Smitty said...

FYI, It turns out dried up spit out toothpaste globs are a marvelous cleaning agent

Good tip! What kind of toothpaste are they using? Because the kind The Platoon uses, when spit-out and dried, is less like soft scrub and more like a new blue-colored chemical compound permanently attached to the porcelain; like, it's a part of the porcelain once it dries. Which frightens me as to what I am making my kids put in their mouths...

Mrs Furious said...

Sounds like Sparkle Fun to me... Yes, we have the same stuff. It could be that my kids' use disgustingly copious amounts of it which leaves larger globs that are a bit more impervious to air drying. One day it occurred to me... if it polishes teeth, why not sinks?

Monica said...

um. LOVE IT. got to you from blogher sidebar and am already a fan. ;o) i frequently threaten ridiculous threats with no follow through...so i guess i fail parenting. ;o)

Monica said...

um. LOVE IT. got to you from blogher sidebar and am already a fan. ;o) i frequently threaten ridiculous threats with no follow through...so i guess i fail parenting. ;o)

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