Sunday, February 17, 2013
The Law of Unintended Consequences
So a few months ago I was attempting to bathe my children. As I was trying to undress the twins, one of them (I can't even remember which) was giving me a very hard time. She did NOT want to get undressed. Drawing on my extensive mothering knowledge (insert laugh here), I thought, "I know! I'll make it a game."
So, I started to move her legs and arms like she was dancing and sang, "Naked, naked, naked." It worked like a charm. Soon each of the kids were dancing around, in their birthday suits singing, "Naked, naked, naked!" From there it was easy to corral them into the shower and get everyone clean. I had turned a potential power struggle into a cheerful, fun situation. I felt as though I was a wonderful, competent mother.
Unfortunately, that day I taught my children something I never intended. I now regularly find them stripped down to their diapers/undies (or less), dancing around the house singing "Naked naked naked!"
That, ladies and gentlemen, is the law of unintended consequences in action.