I’ve come to realise over the last few difficult days that the only tool I have in my parenting armour is bribery.
As I have struggled with a lack of sleep, a hyper cheeky non-sleeping toddler and no hubby for support – I’ve been pulling out the big guns in the bribery stakes. In the last couple of hours alone I’ve said:
"I’ll take your new toys away."
"I’ll leave you at home."
"You won’t get to see Nana and Grandad."
"I’ll put you to bed."
"You won’t get pudding.
I literally know no other way of getting Monkey to do something that I want him to do. A stern voice is met with a smirk from him. A request to come here is met with a sprint which would rival Usain Bolt. And don’t even think of asking him to eat his dinner – that will see you having to show lightening reflexes to grab the plate as he tries to slide it off the table.
Monkey is a good boy and everyone always comments on how cute he is. The problem is that he knows he is cute and he plays on it.
The moral of this story is that I am lost as to how I am supposed to get a 2 year old to comply without the threat of removing something which he likes. What I am trying to do is make him realise that compliance will benefit him in the end. Is this wrong?