The Boy is now a full-fledged teenager of fifteen years old. As such, he has begun to take extraordinarily long showers, as I’ve heard teenage boys are wont to do. Because The Man pays both the electric and water bills, however, this budding habit has caused a bit of a household rift every other day or so.
“When’s he getting out?”
“I can’t see through the door.”
“He’s been in there too long.”
“What would you like me to do about it?”
Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera… *sigh*
Last night I fell back on one of my key rules of parenting: When in doubt, try bribery.
I got The Boy to agree to a 9:00pm shower time. Just as he was about to go in the bathroom, I said, “Hey, if you can hop out by 9:15, you can get a cookie.”
I gave him one heads up that he had about a minute, and magically the shower turned off a few moments later. It took him another eight minutes to physically remove himself from the bathroom, but once he did, he went to the fridge, got himself a cookie and smiled like the happy camper he was.
I raised my eyebrows at The Man and smiled, too.
That’s why it’s still one of my key rules of parenting. 😉