- When you put a bucket by a child's bed, be sure to tell the child why it's there.
- Once he knows it's there, be sure to provide explicit instruction in how (and when) to use it.
- Be sure the instruction includes the helpful hint that, even if you throw up in the bucket, it still counts, and you should let Mommy know about it.
- It's good to put an old towel under the bucket, because the aim of a small child in the middle of the night is not true.
- Failure to do or convey any of the above will result in extra laundry until you get it right.
Monday, May 28, 2012
For the past several years, we've been a 1-bucket family. I know there was a time when we owned multiple buckets, because I usually filled the wrong one full of hot, soapy water to mop the floors. Inevitably, I realized the error of my ways -- because the mop would. not. fit. ARrrrrggghh! -- and schlopped the water into the right bucket. But then Swiffer came along. Who needed buckets at all? Turns out we did: We still had a car to wash, the occasional floor to scrub in the time-honored fashion of my grandmother. . .and then kids would get sick. Gotta have a bucket for a sick kid. This post-Swiffer generation House has reached a new milestone: the need for TWO buckets. We've made it more than 8 years with having only 1 person sick at a time. No more. Once things had stabilized at home this morning -- which means the washer and dryer seemed to be humming along with their work and no one was actively dislodging former foodstuffs -- I set off to procure a second bucket. I've learned some helpful bits of knowledge the past few days, including: