Wednesday, 26 September 2012

What i've got planned...

I know it's been a while since my last post, but as I slowly recover from sleep deprived abyss of a newborn, I feel like I can somewhat think normally again. I am starting to look ahead to the distant future rather than just when baby no. 2 needs his next feed!

I have got all these exciting things I want to do and try such as...

Upcycle this chest of drawers...

Organise every part of my house into some sort of order from the chaos!

Enjoying the three boys in my life...

And i have decided to take part in Blogtoberest 2012 which is where bloggers make a pledge to post a blog everyday in october! I am not sure if the sleep deprivation has really got to me with this insane idea but hey, if i am serious about this blogging business then i might as take the bull by its horns and run like mad!

but most of all i really want to make this blog work for me and try and figure out how to make it bigger and better. So any tips and hints would be really appreciated!

And don't worry (mainly directed at my family!), I will take it at my own speed so it doesn't all take over my life and make me one 'anxious Annie'. 

So hopefully, the future ahead will be exiting and fun. I hope you can join me along this journey of motherhood, crafting and crazy blogging!
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Thursday, 6 September 2012

What would your child do for an M & M?

My hubby had a list of things he wanted to get done while he was on his two weeks paternity leave - one of those things was to get our two and a half year old to pedal his little red retro trike. 

Hubby firstly got rid of the old plastic trike with no pedals - to which our son was clued up to and had a little tantrum when he couldn't find it anywhere in the backyard. 

Next, Hubby used all his natural powers of persuasion to get our son firstly to get on the red trike and secondly to use the pedals to ride the trike properly. But to no avail. Our son continued to sit on the trike and use his feet on the ground to make that trike move.

Finally, hubby had, had enough and out came another form of fatherly persuasion - the M & M bribe...

As I sat watching and (admittedly) openly laughing at what was happening before me, I saw our son begin to obey his fathers commands. I thought to myself that my son might actually begin to bark like a dog! 

My son sat on the trike.... "for a treat". Then hubby put the treats back in his pocket and my son nearly pulled Daddy's pants down to get to another treat. But my son did sit back on his trike when he was told to... "for another treat".
My son then began to pedal his bike... "for a treat". And slowly but surely he began to pedal his bike for longer periods of time... and it only took about 10 M & M's!!!! I know this, because Hubby was counting every one of them! 

I find it so amusing how the male species use bribes so blatantly obviously and unashamedly with chocolate or money. I remember as a child, that my own Dad bribed me with money for every goal I scored at netball! (I didn't complain either!)

Whereas, I don't know about the rest of you but when I am going to bribe my child, I try to do it on the sly and with something half educational like stickers or a book!!!! 

In the end, I think every parent bribes their child in one form or another at some time in their life. Sometimes its to get through the day and sometimes its to sign off on one of your 'to do' items while your on paternity leave!

So, what have you asked your child to do for a treat?

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