Mothering Mischief in the pool

mothering mischief in the poolOnce again, I’m engaging in a little mothering mischief today.

It’s spring break. It’s Texas. And we’re blessed enough to have a swimming pool in the back yard.

I know it sounds crazy to some of you, but for us, that means cranking up the pool heater and tossing the kids into the pool.

(we might see temperatures in the mid-seventies, but the without heating, the water hovers in the low fifties. brrr!)

As long as I keep bringing out snacks and toss out a few pool toys, my boys will stay in the water until they are prunes.

They’ve asked me if I can install a TV outside so they can hang out in the hot tub and watch cartoons all day.

My kids are genetically destined to be geeks.They’ve also asked if anyone makes waterproof game controllers. My kids are genetically destined to be geeks. (hubby actually googled the waterproof game controller idea. enough said.)

Sometimes, letting my boys hang out in the pool all day is perfect. I can see them from the kitchen and can get a lot of stuff done while they wear themselves out in the pool.

But other times, well, I’ve got places to be and things to do people. Honestly, there are times when I really can’t spend all day a few steps from the pool.

And I don’t like to be the bad guy all the time. Prying my kids out of the pool can become epic. I can’t physically force them to get out, but they don’t know that yet.

Enter, the mothering mischief.

If they are cozied up in the (very warm) hot tub and daring each other to jump into the (barely warm to slightly cool) swimming pool, that game can take HOURS to get old.

In those cases, a little mischief works much better.

Try not to laugh where the boys can actually see.Step 1: Walk back to the pool heater and turn it off.
Step 2: Change the valve thingys so that the cooler pool water floods the warmer hot tub.
Step 3: Make two cups of hot chocolate.
Step 4: Wait five minutes. Try not to laugh where the boys can actually see.
Step 5: Dry off two shivering boys who gladly accept the hot chocolate.

See? I just gave them a more attractive option.

I should note that those steps work just as well when my husband is in the pool with the kids egging them on. Even the hot chocolate part.

It’s kind of like when my mom used to start the dishwasher AND the washing machine when I was taking a really long shower.

It’s just a little mothering mischief.

Because I’m the mom, and I can.

What kind of mischief did you get into today?

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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. I have actually flushed the toilet before when I knew someone was showering. I should have felt guilty but it was kind of fun to hear them yell.

    • Patty, I know exactly what you are talking about. I know I should feel guilty, but there’s this secret part of me that wants to giggle.

  2. Susan,
    Funny post with a delightful pool story! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. That seems like the best way to get them out of the hot tub, although I wish I could do the same for mine when playtime is over, they normally play in the pool when they want to cool off. Telling them a crab/snake/bug is in the pool and they get out pretty quick.

  4. Lovely post and hilarious fact behind it! Hope you are enjoying the spring on the pool.

  5. Great story! I would never admit this to them, but I’m worried about the revenge my two would seek. Unfortunately I think they might be better at this game than me!

    Keep an eye out and your guard up 😉

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