My two year old daughter, Emma, has really been enjoying the chalkboard easel that I added to the playroom. I’ve been really excited to watch her draw on it, since she is so much more into arts and crafts than her brother ever was.
I think her favorite part is the erasing, though. I guess it gives a little one a lot of power to draw a picture with chalk and then immediately wipe it off. She actually uses toilet paper to wipe it off, which is one of those things that makes me shudder but it’s not a battle I’ve chosen to fight with her.
Chalk apparently doesn’t wipe off of a chalkboard very well with toilet paper alone. It works better when it’s wet. For months, I thought she was using her step stool to get it wet in the sink. Then one day, I turned the corner to see her with her elbow deep in the toilet.
“Emma!” I screamed. “Stop! What are you doing?”
“Wet for chalk, Mama,” Emma replied quite matter-of-factly.
So Emma now has her very own eraser. She’s been instructed that it (or anything else) is never to be dunked into the toilet for cleaning purposes…words I never thought I’d have to say.
What have you had to say to your kids (or your husband) that you never thought you’d have to say?
Update: Upon reading this post this morning, my mother sent me an email. She said, “I just laughed so hard when I read this. I remember you washing your doll’s clothes in the toilet one time! The apple does not fall far from the tree.” Yet again, this is all payback, isn’t it?