Last Saturday, still recuperating from the flu and starting to feel the beginnings of another cold, I was just done. I was tired. I was out of wine. And I made the mistake of leaving an old plunger where a curious toddler could find it.
And of course, he loved it. I mean, why play with your hundreds of dollars worth of toys when there’s a stick attached to some rubber speckled with fecal remnants laying around?
When I tried to take it away, a throw-yourself-on-the-floor-and-thrash-around-like-a-dying-fish-while-you-scream sort of tantrum ensued. And since I was sick and tired and out of wine, I gave the plunger back, with the condition that he wasn’t allowed to lick it. Or hit me with it. Or hit the dog with it. At least not while I was in the room.
He played with that plunger all freaking day. And he didn’t die or get a flesh-eating disease. It was amazing. He was so engrossed in plunger-play, I even had time to clean my office. I now think all kids should get their very own dirty plunger.
5 reasons to let your kids play with dirty plungers
1. Kids just look cute holding them.
Try to deny it.
2. It teaches them a valuable life skill.
Is it ever to early to know how to unclog a toilet? Plus, they look cute holding them.
3. It promotes independent play.
Let’s face it, it’s hard to play “plunger” with someone else. Plus, they look cute holding them.
4. It keeps them occupied.
And as you know, an occupied child means you have a better chance of peeing by yourself. Plus, they look cute holding them.
5. It leads them to further explore their world.
Plunger-play isn’t passive. Kids instinctively know they have to get out and explore their world with it. Plus, they look cute eating brick shards during the brief periods they put the plunger down.
Now would be a good time to let me know what sorts of dirty things you let your kids play with so I can feel better about my parenting skills.