Friday, May 2, 2008
I want a quarter!!
Bribery....what do you think of bribery?? Wikipedia says - "Bribery, a form of pecuniary corruption, is an act usually implying money or gift given that alters the behaviour of the recipient in ways not consistent with the duties of that person or in breach of law. The bribe is the gift bestowed to influence the recipient's conduct. " - NOW for simple terms...and for our purposes, let's define as "Kid if you'll do this....mommy will give you this..." I so like my definition better. ;-) So no, I'm not totally opposed to this act given it's 7 in the morning and you're trying to get your kid fed, dressed, teeth brushed, backpack/diaper bag packed....and get them out the door to school or daycare....so you can get to work.....or....if you're like me, go turn on your computer and start your workday from your home office....couch....whatever you want to call it... ;-) Now in a perfect world, your child will listen to you completely and follow every instruction you give him/her to do.....WHEN YOU ASK THEM TO DO IT.... to get them off to school. If you live in that world, please send me your book......on CD preferably.....thank you.... Anyway, my kiddo is great, 9 times ...ok 8 times out of 10 she'll listen to what she's supposed to and do it when I ask. She's 2 so that's pretty good I think......But lately she's figured out she can get things when she really wants to......Skylar has always loved her little piggy bank but didn't take a real interest in carrying it around the house until recently.....thanks to a Curious George episode about him saving money in his piggy bank to buy a toy...and then Randy introducing her to the fun jingle and clink the money makes when she puts it in her piggy.....So now...that's her vice......she'll tell us she wants quarters and dimes....those are her favorite to give to her piggy....smart girl ;-) If she's just simply not in the cooperating mood....."I'll give you a quarter if you.....fill in the blank"....quickly gets her in the cooperating mood. It's rather entertaining. I think Randy and I are going to have to find a bigger piggy for her if she keeps going like this!! Now I'm certainly not all for bribery all of the time....or even most of the time....b/c I think kids need to learn to listen and learn appropriate responses without being bribed to do so. I believe in giving them options....choices....ie..."you have the choice to put your clothes on first or brush your teeth first....what's your choice???" I hear that makes them feel empowered ;-) But SOMETIMES....you just gotta do whatcha gotta do....Cute pic of Skylar upper left??? Notice her left hand....see that shiney round thing?? Yeah...it's a quarter.....how do you think I got her hair brushed this morning!! ;-) Until I write again.....Have a happy day.....Oh yeah and save up your quarters and dimes....Skylar's comming to see you!