It works for us

Posted On November 6, 2009

Filed under parenting, The Spin Cycle, The Tribe

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So, the lovely Jen over at Sprite’s Keeper wants us to confess our parenting flaws,  defects and failings.  Parenting is not always joyous and happy.  There are times that you don’t want to shout, “Yay! That is my kid!”  There are even times you would like to crawl under a rock.  Those challenges and embarrassments make us go gray early and forget which child is which…

Here is my confession.   We negotiate with our girls to get them to take medicine.  We offer up treats and soda, trips to the dollar store and time watching their favorite shows.  It works for us.  There is no trauma involved and the girls take the medicine.  I am sure that a lot of people would say that we are doing something wrong and that we should make the girls take the medicine or else!  But, for us, it works.  The girls will take medicine knowing that it is not a form of punishment.  They know that even if it tastes bad, we are doing what we think is best for them.  I think too often, we as adults, forget how horrible the liquid medicines tasted.  And how when you are sick, the last thing you want to do is drink a mouthful of the grossest substance on earth.

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4 Responses to “It works for us”

  1. HeatherPride

    I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all! I can remember hiding under the covers when my mom came in with the nasty cough medicine. I don’t care what it’s supposed to taste like, it never does. YUCK. Whatever gets the girls to suck it down without a fight is the right thing in my book!

  2. Sprite's Keeper

    I bribe the kid ALL THE TIME. M&M’s work well when she wants them, when she doesn’t, she doesn’t know how close I’ve come a few times to offering Disney World as a bribe.
    If it works, go with it!
    Love this, you’re linked!

  3. Maureen@IslandRoar

    Aw, if that’s your worst, your girls are lucky ducks!

  4. Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)

    Bribery works very well in our house, too. I like how you make it so that it’s not a ‘form of punishment’ – that’s the key right there! 🙂 Great spin! 🙂

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