The girls often need to be reminded to wash their hands after using the bathroom. On occasion, there is some defiance and a lack of understanding of the phrase "or you could get sick."
The other day Emily emerged from the bathroom without washing her hands. Grammy reminded her to do so and Em was prepared to argue that she didn't need to when I stepped in.
"Do you know about Mr. Germy? No? Okay. Well, let me tell you about Mr. Germy. He likes to hang out on the potty and when Little Emily just went to the bathroom, she touched the potty and Mr. Germy jumped up onto her hand. Now Little Emily is going to go eat something and when she does, Mr. Germy is going to go right into her mouth and slide down her throat into her tummy. Weeeeeeeeeee! And when he's in Little Emily's tummy, he doesn't want anyone else to be in there with him so he might make you throw up or have diarrhea. Bye-bye, this is my home now."
Emily didn't say a word. She turned right around, jogged back into the bathroom and washed her hands. The next day, I had to remind Allie to wash her hands. She told me that she didn't need to because they weren't dirty.
Me - "Oh, no no no. Allie, have you heard about Mr. Germy?"
Emily - "Allie, you are going to want to wash your hands!"
Mommy's notes - Maybe this is a parenting fail that's going to give them nightmares about germs jumping down into their tummies but it did work.