Nearly anything in the bathroom is a potential victim to kid-level, wasteful application. I’m highlighting toothpaste here, but don’t forget soap, shampoo, toilet paper, band-aids, cotton swabs, water, you name it.
Apart from these products appearing to children to be a never-ending supplies that are complete free, there’s also the fun of it. Look at it from their perspective. Maybe to a kid, a shampoo bottle is a sacred vessel containing the souls of a thousand melted gummy bears, and a kid is simply performing the noble duty of releasing their spirits in a ritual of bubbles and squishy hand sounds.
It’s not just their imagination’s fault, too. Dental floss just looks way too much like the grappling hook cable Luke used to swing with Leia across that big drop in Star Wars. Tubes of things that squirt out jelly-like worms of delight really can be indistinguishable from toy slime factories or Play-Doh fun sets. It’s no wonder then.
Maybe as parents, we’re contributing to the problem… maybe not. Maybe they are just goofy, sloppy wasters of our hard earned money.
Instructional Diagrams as far as the eye can see.
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