I never realized how responsible and trustworthy a child has to be to handle gum-chewing. I am now the proud parent of a four year-old who loves lemon gum. I completely use this to my advantage.
I use lemon gum as incentive to eat vegetables, pick up toys, or in the case of this day (the day I shot these pictures of my living room) as incentive to play with her dolls in her room until I was finished photographing the living room…
I gave her a piece of her beloved lemon gum, and stuck the gum container on top of my dresser. I really thought my dresser was high enough, and that the lemon gum would be out of reach. I thought wrong.
The thing you should know about me is that while I am taking pictures, I’m kind of in a zone. I could hear the pitter-patter of feet running around, but it didn’t occur to me to be concerned.
It wasn’t until I actually started to smell lemon, and heard the crash of Miss L falling off of the dresser (she was fine!) that it occurred to me that she had been sneaking lemon gum. Like A LOT of lemon gum.
Sure enough, when I entered the bedroom, she gave me that “Who me?!?!?” grin, while simultaneously chomping on her umpteenth piece of lemon gum. “Hi Mom!!!! Whatcha doing? Done taking pictures?”
I (sort of) scolded her for taking so much gum, and nervously asked her where the chewed up pieces were. She told me she had thrown them all away. And I believed her.
Until I put on my boots for work on Monday morning. Approximately 12 pieces of chewed up gum stuck to my socks when I pulled my feet out.
Have a great day!
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