If you would have asked me a mere 3 years ago if the daily splash in our pool would substitute for a nightly bath, I would have answered a resounding "HELL NO!" Followed by, "That is disgusting! Mom's who do that are lazy and gross!"
Fast forward to a second child, a raging case of Mommy brain that sometimes feels like a slight case of sun-downers and I'd say, "Maybe?" "It's better than nothing, right?" "Chlorine is in bleach and bleach is a cleaning agent,ergo the girls are sorta clean, right?"
First, let me start by admitting, I know that it's gross! Also, let me say that I know this is no substitute for a bath. But sometimes, on those long tiring days of summer,when all time, space and reality is out of whack...it is what it is! Before, I would have reacted like a mad woman, yelling and screeching while overtired, wanting to be playing outside ( damn you long days) children fought the bath like a cat about to be drowned. Oh but I would have won the battle, probably much weaker from the wear. But I am a bigger woman these days, I'd much rather just admit defeat and own up to the fact that some night, like tonight..I wasn't sure what day I last gave the girls an actual bath. I'm pretty sure it was Saturday Morning before our road trip,so they are due but it will have to wait until tomorrow morning before our next road trip. You didn't think I was going to take them to my in laws dirty, did you? Geez, what am I some kind of "bad" Mother? Don't judge me and don't tell me that your kids have never substituted a day in the pool for a 20 minute splash in the bathtub! That being said, obviously a splash in any organic body of water is not acceptable. My rule is if fish, or anything else, procreate , defecate, masturbate and urinate in it...it doesn't count as a substitute. That would be why public pools do not count! EWWW!
What are your thoughts? Have your kiddies ever missed a bath or , ahem, two during swimsuit season? I'm not perfect, but I fight the good fight! Happy Mothering!