During the Tom’s of Maine Simply White web chat, celebrity mom Sheryl Crow talks about her kids, discipline, and bribery.
The 49-year-old singer/songwriter is also the single mother to adopted sons Wyatt Steven, 4, and Levi James, 1.
On the web chat, she admits that she’s very strict with her boys, and that she has her own mom to thank for teaching her the importance of discipline.
“My mom said it’s going to hurt you a lot more than it’s going to hurt them. So when I would get upset about putting him in a time out or being stern with him as Wyatt was going through the terrible 2′s and challenging 3′s, she would say, Those things are not going to be memorable for him. What’s memorable for him is gonna be the feeling of safety.’”
Fantastic words of advice! I need to remember these words during those stressful temper tantrums.
But Sheryl isn’t above bribing the kids to get them to eat well. She recently released the cookbook If It Makes You Healthy, and says that in certain cases (like eating) bribery will get her farther than discipline will: “I’m all about bribery when it comes to my little kids eating, particularly my 4-year-old. If you’ll try this, Wyatt, you can have some of this.’ That’s how we do it.”
I do the same thing. After all, you can’t force a child to eat!
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