I was doing a little bit of people watching over the weekend. I watched how mother's and father's bribed their children with a babycino or a hot chocolate so they could have a coffee. I love it as I am very much one of these parents too!
I find it interesting as we firstly introduce the babycino to our little ones when they are old enough to enjoy a bit of fluffy milk, and are not willing to sit for long enough for us to have a coffee at our favourite cafes. This is our first form of bribery. Taj has just started this stage. But he needs more bribing along the lines of a little cake as he is not that fussed on babycinos as he still has the boob.
Keely however will have a babycino every now and then, but she has progressed up to the hot chocolate stage. This is more because they can turn a babycino from a full cup to an empty cup in moments. Not long enough for you to enjoy your hot coffee. We have invented a new form of cafe drink and that is the 'yum yum.' This is usually taken away from the cafe and is of course placed in a takeaway cup, with lid and a straw. The yum yum is warm milk filled to the top with chocolate sprinkled on top. We also have this eat in too, but I am finding no cake for Taj, then no coffee in ceramic cup for mum. Plus to be honest I love toddling over to the beach and having a wonder around rather then sitting down. This mumma loves her coffee in a paper cup.
I never wanted to be a mum that used bribery, but little did I know that this is part of parenting. Not all forms of bribery are food related of course. It is just a way of phrasing things that helps us have a happy child and in turn a happy mum or dad. I know I used to frown upon the bribing parents I would pass in the street before I had children. Now I have changed. I can comfortably say that I use a bit of word phrasing to help me through some tricky situations. Although, there is the time that I will not give in and I will stand back and let the tantrum begin.
Do you use any form of bribery, or word phrasing that helps you get through some sticky situations. You know that time that you really cannot watch the tantrum unfold?
ps. as Taj is a lover of fruit, I have used a new big piece of watermelon I bought from the growers this weekend to help us get through. I had to point that out, so you did not think I give my children really treaty bribes to help me out! The chocolate is kept for me!