By A.M., IANtB Science Editor
Every parent has had that kid. That kid who takes everything apart, upends every container, overturns every dirty rock. That kid who puts things that do not go in toilets into the toilet bowl, and presses the lever to see what happens.
But this mom has a very special child.
This child put the right thing (poop) in the toilet…but in the wrong part! That’s right — by methods unknown (perhaps that is for the best), this child put poop…in the toilet tank. Upon interrogation, the child reported that she did it because “I wanted to know how the toilet works.”
Fair enough. I mean, it does kind of make sense…
After immersing the child in a large vat of Lysol, mom Danielle took the problem to her father, who is an engineer. He proposed the following experiment: Put one color food coloring in the tank, and a different color in the bowl. That way, you can see where each color goes upon flushing.
The results were both adorable and enlightening. To be honest, I’m not entirely sure I fully understood toilets until now.
The kicker is, they did this little “experiment” about a year ago. She must have remembered what she learned that day because, just today, this same kid noticed the lever on the toilet wasn’t working right and, of her own accord, opened the back of the toilet, saw that the chain had come lose, and hooked it back on the lever.
As IANtB’s Science Editor, I hereby award this parent two Parenting Wins (TM). The first Parenting Win is for keeping her cool after discovering that her child has turned poop into a science experiment without use of proper protection such as rubber gloves and goggles. The second Parenting Win is for taking the greatest parenting advice ever given: