Bribery 101Stefanie Wilder Taylor
I believe the deliciousness of a snack food can be measured by its ability to inspire my kids to listen to me. The stronger the influence over behavior (read: bribe tool) the clearly tastier the treat.
Here’s the problem: My kids are shockingly immune to a lot of typically great negotiation tools: cookies, gum, soda (my kids hate it) and most shocking, Halloween candy. One would think that a plastic pumpkin full of left over Halloween candy would have given me a lot more traction getting my kids to get things done. But one would be wrong. My kids are pretty over everything Halloween from their costumes to the rest of the mini Kit Kat bars. Even though there’s plenty of candy left, I’ve been forced to move on to bigger and better.
So with the holidays coming up, the kids have been extra rambunctious in the evenings. Let’s take a moment to acknowledge that I just used the word “rambunctious.” Am I a grandma all of a sudden? Honestly, who uses the word rambunctious besides little old ladies seated at the next table at Coco’s. “My word your children are certainly rambunctious, aren’t they? And when is that waiter coming back with my red snapper?”
Today I bought a bag of Hostess frosted devils donettes —and then I subtly pulled them out after dinner as if it were no big deal.
Turns out I found my new bribery tool. Elby ate three faster than I could say, “You may have two” and Sadie scarfed down a few herself. So later, I told Elby that if she wanted to, she could have a few more for breakfast the next morning if she cleaned her room right now.
“So are you saying I can’t have donettes for breakfast if I don’t clean myroom?” she asked.
“That’s exactly what I’m saying.”
“Okay, then I’ll go clean it cause I really want some of that chocolaty goodness for breakfast.”
“Well then it’s a win win, Sweetness.” Would it really be this easy? And it was.
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P. to the S. Thank you Hostess for sponsoring this blog post. Their yummy yummy donettes and everything else have their own fanpage on Facebook go check them out because I’m sure they have coupons!