Wednesday, February 27, 2008

WHAT IS IT WITH KIDS AND THE BATHROOM SCALE?


Some of the grandkids were here yesterday, Guitar Hero, Joe Cool, Mary Poppins and Hollywood. One of them, maybe all of them, weighs themselves EVERY SINGLE TIME they are here. How do I know? The hall bathroom is so small the garbage can has to sit on top of the bathroom scale. When they leave the garbage can is sitting on the edge of the bathtub or on the floor.

How long are kids delighted to see how much they weigh? When does the scale turn from one of delighted curiosity to one of anticipated horror?

Bathroom scales should be banned in homes with women past the age of eighteen or at least in homes where women have given birth. There should be a bathroom scale brigade that show a warrant at the door and leave with the bathroom scale tucked under their arms. They could wear nifty military hats with the monogram "BSCB"--Bathroom Scale Confiscation Brigade. Women all over America, maybe all over the world, would willingly salute, maybe even bow in reverence when they saw them coming.

Or bathroom scales should be programmed to be stuck at zero when it senses a grown woman steps on it. That's a good option. That way, when you stood on it, and it didn't move you would know that your weight was something but you were free to choose the numbers yourself.


If only bathroom scales worked that way. It should be an option.

9 comments:

Ekim said...

You should have taken a picture while standing on it ;-)

Pam's Place said...

Our grandkids drag out our bathroom scale at every opportunity, too! Maybe they like to watch themselves grow. I'd rather watch myself shrink.

Tina said...

AMEN to the banning!

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

Everyone in favor of Ekim having his mouth washed out with soap raise your hand.

tearese said...

We don't have a scale at our house, so the only times I know what I weigh are when I go to the doctors office or to someone else's house with a scale.
Because we don't have our own, it still bears a fascination for me too, and i can't resist playing on the scales at other people's houses.

C.C. said...

I love this post! Wouldn't it be nice if the scales not only stayed on zero for adult women but also had a male voice (George Clooney?) saying things like, "You're gorgeous!" or "I love you no matter what the scale says." Just a little encouragement for those of us afraid to step on them!

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

It's a no-scale zone in my home.

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Jenny said...

Amen Sister! I'd like my scale to only register 125, my high school weight. The voice idea isn't a bad one either. I think I'd have Tom Selleck or Sam Elliott say something to me. Heck, they could ask me to rent an RV (TS) or eat a steak (SE) and I'd be happy. :)

Mrs.C said...

Lynne:
Wandered over after I read your comment. This post could be "my" post. As you have seen I have two little boys at home and they are equally facinated with the scale I just brought home, although mine is digital. We make a big deal out of the scale, saying stuff like "wow you weigh a million pounds!" and the boys laugh and squeal with delight. I, on the other hand loathe the scale, but I've lost 16 lbs so far on weight watchers so I'm learning to like the scale