I had carefully trained my girls to change the roll when it ran out,  but children are not born with a natural tendency to think about the next person to use the bathroom. I was doomed to cylindrical cardboard if I didn’t come up with some form of motivation for them.

What I came up with was simple. First, I made a big announcement: “Every time you change the toilet paper roll, tell me, and I’ll give you a hug and a kiss.”  It actually went over much better than I ever expected. My husband even got into it (added bonus). One day, the promise of a hug and kiss even inspired our youngest to change a half-empty roll. This called for a little side training, but the intention was good, and he still got his reward.

I must confess that I once bought a more economical 6-pack of MEGA rolls. I don’t really know what I was thinking. The package said ‘equals 24 single rolls’. I did the math and realized that I had just bought myself out of 18 hugs and kisses! It wasn’t worth it. It was back to single rolls for us.