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Friday, June 5, 2009

Bathtime Bribery

Here is what bathtime was like at our house this evening:

Jacob gets in thebathtub and mommy washes him. Then mommy leaves him to play in the water and draw on the shower walls with his bath marker. About three minutes later, this is what mommy hears from the bathroom-

Jacob: I'M ALL DONE, MOMMY!

Mommy: NO YOU'RE NOT! YOU NEED TO PLAY FOR LONGER!

Jacob: NO! I ALL DONE! I'M GETTING OUT!

Mommy: YOU'D BETTER NOT! MOMMY NEEDS YOU TO PLAY LONGER WHILE SHE CLEANS UP THE LIVING ROOM AND VACUUMS YOUR BEDROOM BEFORE AUNT DEBORAH GETS HERE TO VISIT THIS WEEKEND!

Jacob: NO! I GETTING OUT RIGHT NOW!

Mommy: JACOB, IF YOU STAY IN THE TUB UNTIL MOMMY FINISHES THEN YOU CAN HAVE ICE CREAM AFTER YOUR BATH! ( "Real smart, Sarah. Give him ice cream after he's had his bath," mommy thinks.)

Jacob: OKAY!

Has anyone out there ever done the same?

2 comments:

Angie said...

Now if you started saying, "I'll give you a dollar bill if you wear this shirt that has a collar and it makes you look so handsome, and I know it's not Sunday, will you please wear this shirt?" and have to pay your 4 1/2 year old to wear an Old Navy shirt that you paid $6 for...now that's a bit extreme. (not that I would know.....!!)

However, an ice cream for getting clean? Naw, that's a perfect exchange!:)

Amy said...

No, but I've bribed my nieces with ice cream and candy after they've brushed their teeth. Totally understand the method to the madness...