Published On: Wed, Apr 1st, 2015

The 30 Second Shower Challenge – Transitioning from bath to shower

Danielle Mantakoul

Danielle Mantakoul

BA of Ed Early Childhood and Editor at Mummy Weekly
She's described as one of the most engaging & dynamic speakers in the early childhood industry today, now having educated hundreds of thousands of parents & teachers. She has lectured for organisations such as KU Children’s Services, Only About Children, Qantas, National Australia Bank, Child Protection Australia, Goodstart and hundreds of council & private centres. She also developed and ran the popular parenting series for the Australian Financial Review.
Danielle Mantakoul

Our kids all arrive at that stage whe30 second shower challengen it’s time to transition from the bath to the shower. Many of us instigated this, now feeling that perhaps we could ditch this time consuming nightly activity. Many of us find we attempt a shower too early, only to end up with tears and cries of “water in my eyes” resulting us to promptly go back to the bath with the feeling of defeat.

My son at aged 8 has now been having a shower instead of a bath for the past 2 years, but had I not made the switch for him, I am sure he would still be requesting baths. When he would first have a shower he would complain and I would respond with a “it’ll be quick, it’ll will be quick”! This did not make him more agreeable.

It was when I started the 30 second shower challenge I no longer got complaints. Do you recall the gameshow It’s A Knockout where people would be challenged to do certain tasks before a timer ran out? Well, this is our it’s a Knockout, and it’s working like a charm. I start by creating the atmosphere. “30 second challenge” I announce with gusto at shower time and while my son will never run to me when it’s shower time, the challenge makes it far more tolerable and enjoyable for both of us. For him, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, he understands that it will be quick and likes the challenge of having to be finished washing himself before I count to 30. I tried using a timer instead of counting but it wasn’t as effective, probably because you don’t get the fanfare you do with a booming voice full of urgency.

Recently when talking to my friend Mel about that hectic time of an evening with the kids, I mentioned the 30 second shower challenge and how well it was working for us. Well she gave it a go, and next time we met told me how much she loved it. Try the 30 second shower challenge with your kids, infact how bout a 40 second challenge, 20 second, 60 second, each to their own but whatever amount of time you set, ensure you bring the fanfare and sense of challenge along with it to get the kids as agreeable as possible.

By Danielle Mantakoul
Copyright 2015
www.mummyweekly.com.au

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  1. Mel Valis says:

    Bathtime was one of our most favourite times in our household – some downtime from the nightly chores and a great time for a chat! Now my girls are older and just send themselves off to the shower, I realise how much I miss those times we had together when they were younger – keep them in the bath for as long as possible I say!!!

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