My son loves playing in the sink, bathroom or kitchen, and he would have the dang tap running all day long if we let him. This drives me bananas. I don't like wasting water - bad for the planet, bad for my pocketbook. I know he doesn't have the ability to understand either of these, though he does know that just letting the water run is "wasteful." We have tried giving him a bath as an alternative, we have tried giving him one receptacle with water in the sink, and when it's done, it's done, but he always wants more. We have tried giving him a sprayer bottle (this works pretty well when we can send him outside as it dispenses the water pretty slowly). Now, of course, he can turn on the tap for himself, so sometimes I find myself standing by the sink - he turns it on, I turn it off, he turns it on, I turn it off and keep my hand on it. How does one make a kid understand that it's not cool to turn the tap on full-bore and splash in the water for an hour at a time? Or do I just have to resign myself to lots of tap on, tap off shenanigans until the "use what you need, but don't waste our planet's resources" mantra actually starts making sense to him?
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4/5/10 at 6:42pm