Secret Mouthwash Dance Exposed as Fraud

Recently, while getting the kids ready for bed, my wife picked up the mouthwash, twisted off the lid, and handed the bottle to our daughter.

Carolyn, 8, stared in shock. “You didn’t do the dance!”

Carolyn has dexterous little fingers that love to pry things apart. When we added mouthwash to the bedtime routine a few years ago, I figured if she saw me open the bottle, she’d figure out the safety cap pretty easily.  So every night at mouthwash time, I took the bottle out into the hallway with me, telling her to close her eyes so that I could open the lid with the “secret dance.”

After my wife inadvertently spoiled the trick, my son came forward to say he has often found Carolyn in the bathroom, with a child-proof bottle in the middle of the counter, dancing in front of the mirror with her eyes closed, trying to guess the secret steps.