Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Is bribery really a bad thing?
You know where I am ... the intersection of my 3 yo potty issues and maybe bribery isn't such a bad thing. Yeah I'm so there! (I love those commercials!) I am at the end of my rope with my youngest and her potty issues she's been partially potty trained for over a year and you would think that in that time she would eventually give up this nonsense but for the life of me I can't get her to do her stinky business in potty. I've tried being the patient mom, the mean mom, and now basically I'm just the annoyed and frustrated mom. I've asked her where do you put your stinkies and she'll tell me in the potty then turn around and go in her pants aaarrrgg whats a mom to do? So I've turned towards the one place Ive never ventured before as a mom ... bribery! I pose this question to the masses is bribery a bad thing? Will it teach her to expect a reward for doing the basic tasks in life like Ive always feared? Will work as short term desperate attempt to have her potty trained by the time shes 4? Will it cause problems down the line when I decide that she no longer needs to be paid for doing her business like a big girl? I am desperate at this point and will try just about anything to end this little problem.