Tuesday, November 11, 2008

enigma



Kids are such an enigma to me.
I'll say to Thom, "Hey come eat this homemade dinner I spent the afternoon making for you."
And he says, "No."

I'll say, "Thom, are you ready to crawl into your bed. I just washed the sheets today and they smell great."

He says, "No."

I say, "Okay it's time to be calm. Come here and I'll tickle your back and play with your hair while you watch your favorite T.V. show."

He pulls a face and runs away.

I say, "Come upstairs! I have a nice warm bubble bath waiting for you!"


He says "Not now Mom."

What is wrong with this child? He rejects everything wonderful in life. Well, he doesn't turn down sweets. We have that in common. But really, why do we adults have to force our kids to do the things we personally love to do?

Over the years we have created little enticements. We turn pancakes into happy faces with blueberry eyes and banana smiles. We tell bedtime stories again and again until the words come automatically. We coerce and manipulate and bargain until we get our kids to do the very thing that we ourselves are dying to do. It has been this way for ages. I can't see it changing anytime soon.


Here's a perfectly wonderful little enticement to get your kids in the bath.

Catherine of Washable Art has been creating soap in her kitchen for some years now. This is what she says about her work:

My love of geometrical symmetry, natural asymmetry, color, and edible, delicious things is demonstrated in soap, and you'll find extreme care in the details. Many, if not most of the plant materials I use are grown locally, organically, and sustainably; you'll find natural pigments and dyes, fair-trade ingredients (when they can't be had out of my own garden), and recycled material packaging whenever practical. I love what I do, I know you will, too, and I look forward to sending something wonderful to you!

I highly recommend stopping by Catherine's shop. Her soaps make really great stocking stuffers and they are all reasonably priced. Her shipping costs are very low for both domestic and international.

Catherine has donated a set of her Bathtub Architect soaps for today's giveaway. She sent along an extra set for the boy and I can't wait to put them in his Christmas stocking!

If you would like to enter the drawing, just leave a comment! International readers are always welcome to enter a Suaviloquy giveaway.

27 comments:

Mel said...

OH MY! This looks like a great gift to give to my friend! Please count me into the giveaway...

dancerinthemaking@gmail.com

H.S. said...

I'll love to win this! Such a great design...Never tried such cool looking soaps before!

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mel*~reachforthestars~* said...

What a wonderful giveaway you're holding. Please count me into the drawing of the giveaway. I'll love to let my mum try the soap. My soap is so boring in comparison to catherine! Crossing my fingers i'll have a chance to try it..

Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway!

Cheers,
Melody
mel_88_88@hotmail.com

Apryl said...

I think my mosters could be even more creative with bathtime with these...they have quite the imaginations! Count me in!

KayzKreationz said...

Those are adorable, as is the boy. I love the blocks.

Tammy said...

Very fun! This would be perfect for a little stocking at my house. Love your blog!

Crystal said...

Please choose me! I love the soaps..

Crystal(manhattandolls@gmail.com)

mine, by magpie said...

oooh! how fun! i'm thinking that may make a good nephew stocking stuffer!

X-tina said...

Are those legos actually soap? TOO CUTE!!!!

Christina

xtina922001@yahoo.com

OH- I have 3 boys--I can soooo relate to the beginning of your post.

MichellesCharmWorld said...

Those are adorable!!!

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Kari said...

Forget the kid--I want them just so I can smell the currant scented blocks. (Or maybe I'm just hungry. Must eat breakfast before blogging.)

IssueGirl said...

Too cute! And a great way for the kids to enjoy bath time. Count me in for the contest!

Jen @ IssueGirl
www.oh-issue-girl.blogspot.com

Joan said...

This is a wonderful giveaway, and I could use it to entice my grandson to the bathtub when he stays overnight with us. Please enter me in this Giveaway!

Loopy said...

How adorable are these!!!
What a brilliant idea to get kids to like bath time!

Terri Fisher said...

These sound really neat for my boys. Thanks!

tfisher83@myexcel.com

Kroegers Calling said...

Yeah, I need me some of that washable soap to get the little one to give me 5 minutes of peace!! Then I might actually get to read something more stimulating thatn Highlights while she is bathing!

cindy said...

So cute! Please count me in for the giveaway!

cindy
chudson@assessmentplus.com

Pecos Blue said...

Soap looks great. What a great site you have.

Jennifer said...

How cute! My boys would LOVE this. They are so into legos! Count me in PLEASEEEEE!

Jenn

The MacPherson Family said...

You have such great giveaways. I love reading your blog. I would love to use these soap with my 3 kids.
www.mac4twins@msn.com

Melissa said...

This is perfect for my son!! He loves baths and is obsessed with smells and different soaps! I love the etsy site, for sure I'm buying something but I really want this giveaway too! Simon would be so excited!!

Carolyn said...

That is a very talanted soap maker! Great blog, too!

Heidi said...

I would love to throw a couple soap legos in the tub with Dusty! He loves the tub, this would make bathtime even funner!
~Heidi °Ü°

Jennifer said...

This is the coolest!

Anam said...

Thanks for the chance!

Greer said...

Those are so neat. My 4 yr. old and 18 mon. old girls would love them.

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Jennifer said...

How cool is this!! I would love to win this giveaway! Pick me!

jls_wss2003 at yahoo dot com