Sunday, June 29, 2008

Totally Nailed That Parenting Moment

“What’s that?” asked Q-ster.

I carried a flat box into the playroom. “It’s a new puzzle. You and Auntie can play with it when your dad and I leave to teach our dance class.”

After that, the little dude couldn’t get us out of the house fast enough. I was initially really pleased – I’d avoided a clingy, weepy departure, and we left a happy child. Then it occurred to me that my proud moment was the equivalent of acing Bribery 101.

5 comments:

ewe are here said...

You have to do what you have to do... I prefer to think of it as 'strategizing' to bribery. heh heh

Mayberry said...

Hey, at least it was a puzzle, not a huge hot-fudge sundae or something.

Magpie said...

I am completely into parenting via bribery. Or empty threats. Either.

Mamacita Tina said...

Bribery is the best, isn't it?

kittenpie said...

It's not bribery, it's distraction and preparing ahead to ease a transition.