Rondel sits in the bathtub, bubbles fading, playing with his bath animals.
“Want to get bubbles off of Crabby!” He says it with more than a hint of whine and worry, as though these bubbles were a potential catastrophe.
Rinse it off in the bubble-free part of the tub, I think, Or pour some water over it with your bucket.
We’ve been through this before, in previous baths, and those are the ideas I’ve given him in the past. For some reason I don’t say them this time.
“What do you think you could do to clean off the bubbles?” I ask.
“Maybe I could wash them off with the washcloth!”
“Maybe you could! That is a good idea to try” I say. I don’t really expect it to work since bubbles tend to cling to the washcloth.
A few minutes later, triumphant sounds come from the bathtub. “It worked!”
My experience and criticisms would have completely shut down his opportunity to think and experiment – sometimes it really is better parenting for me to just keep my mouth shut and my ideas to myself!