a few weeks ago when i was trying to get Z to clean up his room so i could vacuum he told me he was afraid of the vacuum cleaner. this is the same one i've had for years so i knew he was just trying to delay cleaning & instead of validating his fears i asked him "what are you afraid of? a clean floor?"
i bought a new toilet bowl cleaner & it smells like lemonade. i'm not sure if i like it or not; although i think this will deter the dog from drinking out of the toilet, i'm afraid it may encourage the boy to drink out of it.