Wednesday, October 8, 2008

We use POSITIVE reinforcement, really we do...

I'm not quite sure where to draw the line between positive reinforcement and just plain ol' bribery! This morning, Cary and I were so groggy, I guess we hit the snooze button one too many times, or maybe Ashton had been playing with my alarm clock again, I'm not sure which. Sometimes when she secretly gets ahold of it during the day, she turns the volume all the way down or all the way up. Lovely. I know. This morning we both popped out of bed like someone had lit a fire under our mattress as we seemed to simultaneously realize it was 7:20 and we had already gotten a 20 minute late start to our day. It generally takes about 20 minutes to coral the girls into the tub in the mornings. But not today. You can call it bribery. We like to call it "positive reinforcement". Daddy said, "Good morning girls, the first one to the tub gets candy!" And MAN, they were OFF to the races! Lickity split! Ashton couldn't get her clothes off fast enough. WOW! That worked. Now once they get in the tub, which is only half the battle, you have to get them OUT of the tub, which is a chore in and of itself. Once they get to playin, they just aren't eager to get out. SO...daddy was just full of tricks this morning. He said, "Watch this girls...and he hit the button which turns on the jacuzzi jets!" WOW they couldn't get out fast enough. They were terrified by the loud noise the jets make. Okay, so that really shouldn't be so funny. But it was. Kind of. Now we know. Candy and jets.

4 comments:

Ashley said...

Cody likes the jets but Cade doesn't. We have to tell Cody he can only have the jets when Cade gets out of the tub. The other night Cade didn't want to get out so I "accidentally" hit the jet button...what do you know, Cade wanted to get out right away!

circus of love said...

WHATEVER works somedays!! No fancy jets here..I just resort to pulling the plug and the water is gone. Then its just to cold to play.

Jonatha said...

I wish someone would give me candy to get me out of bed - actually coffee does the same thing for me... :)

kristi said...

This cracks me up...hey, positive reinforcements, bribery, whatever works, right?