I know that this isn't a big deal for other kids who are seemingly in flip-flops from the moment they can walk, but I've never gone this route for Audrey because 1) she can barely walk in them let alone do her constant running, jumping, skipping, flapping, spazzing in them, and 2) I can't deal with the princess-and-the-pea crap of her needing a wood chip, pebble, or grain of sand shaken out of them every two steps.
So far things have gone pretty well on both of those counts with her new sandals. The third downside of them that I hadn't anticipated is her having free and easy access to her toes. For smelling. She is now constantly running her fingers through her toes and smelling them. Adorable.
|Audrey's nasty "pedicare", as she calls it.|
Painted fingernails are called, you guessed it, Medicare.
I'm futilely trying to convince her that feet smell BAD and that she shouldn't want to smell them, but it seems that's a battle that I'm never going to win. I was trying to associate stinky feet with other bad smells like rotten eggs and stinky cheese, but those both sounded great to her.
This also backfired on me when she started declaring "My feet smell like robin's eggs!" And then at the checkout in Target, "My feet smell like Martian's eggs!" Now I'm down to teaching her what the word "rotten" means, and...oh just forget it.
I know that for her it is sensory-seeking and that she smells things that are pleasant with the same intensity as things that are...not...but I'm trying to make her discern the difference between good vs. bad smelling things.
Here is one of my completely un-ABA-approved attempts:
"Do flowers smell good or bad?"
"Good!" (I will allow it.)