June 15, 2006
What Would Cinderella Do?
With a three year old in the house everything is a negotiation. Most recently we have moved on to the Cinderella Standard.
Everything that needs to be done is gauged by what a princess, namely Cinderella, would do in the same situation.
The short list:
Princesses do: wear dresses, wear tiaras, wear jewelry, eat candy
Princesses do not: wear stupid ugly clothes (this has a wide latitude that may or may not change from minute to minute), do not brush their hair, do not take baths or wash their hair,
Those princesses, they are a slovenly bunch.
The do and don’t lists are constantly evolving. And I find myself engaged in conversations that I never imagined I would have.
“I don’t want to take a bath.”
“Well, I’m sorry, you need to take a bath.”
“Princesses don’t take baths.”
“Yes they do. Princesses aren’t dirty.”
“No princesses not take baths.”
“Cinderella not take a bath. She take a shower.”
“Do you want to take a shower?”
“Cinderella has birds in the shower that pour the water on her.”
“Cinderella is a cartoon.”
“yes she is.”
At which point I question if I am really arguing about reality with a three year old.
“Can you clean up your toys?”
“Cinderella not clean up her toys.”
“Cinderella had to clean the whole castle. And clean up all the stuff belonging to her mean step sisters. Remember the song? (here I sing the part of the song about Cinderella being very very busy) I think you can clean up your own toys.”
“Cinderella not clean when she had on her pretty clothes. I am the pretty Cinderella.”
I wonder if I can apply this to my own life.
“Sorry, no dinner tonight. I’m pretty Cinderella tonight.”
“Oh, too bad all your clothes are dirty. I was pretty Cinderella today.”
“Not tonight dear, pretty Cinderella doesn’t do that.”
The possibilities are endless.
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