Sunday, December 9th, 2012
I know that it’s normal for parents to bathe with their kids…up to a certain age.
After all, it saves water and time; both of which should be treated as the commodities they are.
So I also assume that in most American households it’s not so unusual for a child to bathe with a sibling either…but only up to a certain age.
Honestly, I’m not really sure when that age for me was. I just know that at some point family nudity became a thing of the foggy past.
There was no official conversation, no family talk about it, no overt incident where in the likeness of the fall of Adam and Eve, I suddenly realized it was a strange thing to be naked in front of (and with) my family.
But here’s the thing…
I have no plans to bathe with you; as in, I’m in the same bath water or under the same shower nozzle as you. It’s just a personal thing I guess, but I would rather help you bathe while I’m outside of the tub, instead of in the tub with you.
Somehow that makes me feel more in control of the process; like your bath director.
There are many things in this world that I am willing to share with you as your dad, but I don’t think I want bath water to be one of them.
That may seem like a double standard because I so quickly support you coming in the bathroom to watch me use the potty standing up.
For me though, there’s a difference. One seems natural and normal while the other makes me feel uncomfortable, somehow.
Who knows? Maybe I’ll cave when and if you end up with a brother or sister and I find myself so strapped for time that I actually think it’s easier to bathe with you. I can’t know for sure.
Maybe my hesitation has to do with the fact that I perceive taking a shower as a daily ritual where I can truly zone out. Maybe I just don’t want to sacrifice one of the few times of the day where I can actually do nothing and not be responsible for about 12 minutes.
And maybe this is simply more proof that I have no desire to be a helicopter parent. Attachment parenting is just not my style, kid.
I don’t know what percentage of parents, dads in particular, bathe with their young children. Assuming that percentage is the majority, I apologize in advance for all the trauma I will cause you by not sharing bathwater with you.