Monday, December 10, 2012

Best idea ever, Vol. 1

Sometimes the best idea ever is the simplest thing...the kind of idea that, when I see it someplace (or even better, when it unfolds in my own brain!), makes me wonder why I hadn't thought of it before. It seems obvious, like it was right there in front of me all along.

Brilliance can be simple. Things don't have to be complicated to be pure genius. Sometimes, parenting small people produces special opportunities for these remarkable ideas to surface- and when they do surface, I think we should be sharing them with one another.

With that in mind, I give you The Best Idea Ever.

(Okay. It's possibly not really the best idea ever. That's not the point. The point is, it's a great idea, and it's simple, and you can do it, too, and you'll be glad you did.)

Are you ready?
Here it comes:

Wash your toy dinosaurs in the sink. With bubbles.

Ours were really dirty after being in the moon sand box. Today we cleaned out that box to make cloud dough and rescued them...all covered in sand and cornstarch. Poor dirty guys.

They got a bubble bath in the sink, complete with bath toys and snuggling in a warm towel afterward.


It felt like an Advent miracle- the carnivores and the herbivores shall lie down together, and a little child shall bathe them...and that little child shall be kept busy, happy, engaged, and relatively quiet during his sisters' full hour and a half morning nap.

Miraculous.