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Today I Made Good on My Bribe

Today is the last day of first grade for Gomer and I just made good on my bribe.

Yup, I bribed him.  I told Gomer that if he worked hard this year and got good grades at the end of the year, I’d buy him a Nintendo DS.  I actually bought it right after Christmas when they were on sale and I put it on a shelf in the guest room closet.  This way he could ogle it every time he didn’t want to read another chapter in his book or practice his spelling words one more time.  All I had to do was whisper, “DS…” and he’d take one look at that shiny box and get straight back to work.

Some of my friends were horrified that a) I bribed him and b) I flaunted his reward in his face for a whole semester.  I don’t see the problem.  For Gomer, it worked.  He aced every single spelling test but one and he read 440+ books this year.  His grades were good and his test scores were excellent.  I flaunted the DS, because I’m cheap and I wanted to spend as little as possible and I knew that seeing his prize would motivate him when he was thinking of quitting.

Don’t we all work this way, really?  I don’t work for free.  Do you?  I do my job and I get paid.  It may not be called a bribe, but that’s basically what it is.  We all want to be rewarded for our hard work and Gomer is no different.

Now Adolpha is starting Kindergarten next year and I have no idea if this strategy will work for her.  She’s a different breed of kid who can’t be bought as easily.  All she wants is a real live dog and that’s a WHOLE other post about why I’ll never have a dog.  Whatever her weakness is, I will find it and I will use it to motivate her too.

Do you bribe your kids?  Give me your ideas – maybe one of them will work on Adolpha.

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