Thursday, August 19, 2010


I'm not above bribing, I mean rewarding, my children. Yesterday I armed myself with a bag of M&Ms and prepared to address some of the issues we've been having.

The last 2 weeks, Buster has started crying every time I leave him at summer camp. It's totally for show, he stops the minute I walk out the door, but it upsets the other kids. This morning I told him if he didn't cry, he could have 2 M&Ms at lunch time. He cried anyway.

Buddy, potty trained for nearly 8 months, now refuses to use the potty following a bladder infection (an ongoing situation that requires its own post). Unfortunately, he absolutely must be potty trained to attend the new preschool he's starting in 10 days. I told him every time he goes on the potty, he can have an M&M. So far, this has only been marginally effective.

I've still been putting off buying my plane ticket. I looked at the M&Ms, clicked "Confirm Purchase" and popped two in my mouth.

So I solved one of our three lingering issues...I think I'll reward myself with an M&M.


  1. I love that. I used M&M's for potty training, and I ended up "rewarding" myself through two giant bags. Who won in this situation? I would say I did. :)

  2. LOL! My mom got fed up potty training me and brought out the m&ms. Worked like a charm and I still love m&ms!

    I hope you have a fantastic getaway. Sounds like fun.

  3. Good for you for making the purchase! We ALL need to be rewarded from time to time :)

  4. A sticker book worked for me. A special book they only get when on the potty and a new sticker for going.

  5. Thank you for your honesty in Post Adoption Stories. I think far too many people just don't talk about it, so it isn't addressed.

    Happy ICLW!

  6. Buying a plane ticket is worth like 5 M&Ms at least...

  7. Love the way you use MM's to motivate. I use them to motivate myself all the time. I line them up on my desk and dole them out to myself one at a time as I finish each task. Hehe.

    It is really cool to think that, Someday, I will use MMs to bribe my little ones :)