If you are a perfect mom...you've probably never had to use the persuasive technique of BRIBERY on your children. Good for you :) I, however, have...and I love it. Allow me to explain.
For months and months, going out was so difficult. SO so so difficult. Tantrum with the diaper change. Tantrum with the socks. Tantrum with the shoes. Tantrum going to the garage. Tantrum, flailing, back arching getting into the car seat. By the time I had Colton buckled in, I'd be in a FULL blown sweat and my heart would be pounding from me trying to keep in my frustration.
Here is where we meet the wonderful technique of bribery. I had already tried toys, food, letting Colton do it on his own, wait for when he's ready...all of it. So, I caved. In a moment of weakness I said, "I'll give you an m&m if you sit on the stairs while mommy gets you ready." In an instant the crying stopped, and he sat perfectly on the step. "I'll give you an m&m if you get in the car!" In an instant he would stop running in circles and get in the car. Nothing short of a miracle.
So here we are 3 months later and I'm happy to report, I still use m&ms (just 1 or 2) to get out of the house. My life is SO much better. I don't use m&ms for anything else, just this.
Judge if you will. But I love the power of those beautifully colored chocolate candies. Thank you m&ms.