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#1 raven74

Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:12 PM

Costs a fortune!
When it was time to say goodbye to dummies at 2, it was with the promise of a teddy.  
Day toilet training was done with stickers and a "potty present" at the end of each day (in this case a small box with a pair of knickers, a $1 plush toy and a snake).  She pushed that one out for 10 days.
This week we've successfully night trained.  It's cost me interactive dinosaurs.  One for the first night she used the potty, only had a bed bottle and woke with a dry bed in the morning.  She got that dinosaur, no worries at all.  She was very proud.
Cue the next moring, with those wide blue eyes and little chipmunk voice "Mummy I am dry again, I'd like a pink dinosaur!"
Daddy  melts and says ok.  
Same the next day. The kid is milking it.
I then tell her she has to have a dry night with NO bottle and wearing knickers to bed.  In fact, the bottles have to go in the bin (she's been a bit of a bottle addicts since coming off the boob).  That kid melted the tiles racing to the bin.
Another dinosaur.

I hope it means I can bribe her for good grades, good behaviour, getting rid of bad influences in friends and lovers...  I can see this starting to get into the big leagues!
Do you have a bribable child?
And yes, clearly she's been a bit spoilt. No more dinosaurs. laugh.gif

Edited by raven74, 16 January 2013 - 06:13 PM.


#2 jayskette

Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:16 PM

The ad for the potty with iPad attachment must have been designed for you  biggrin.gif

#3 raven74

Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:20 PM

Do NOT tell my DH this.

#4 Jupiter123

Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:23 PM

I wish I had a bribeable child.  I have yet to find anything I can bribe DD with.

#5 VintageEyes

Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:29 PM

QUOTE (jupiter123 @ 16/01/2013, 06:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I wish I had a bribeable child.  I have yet to find anything I can bribe DD with.

Me too. He is so not extrinsically motivated. If I say he won't get the reward if he doesn't do x, he just says he doesn't want it. Sigh. Still trying to find his currency.

#6 deejie

Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:30 PM

I used lollies to potty train DS1 for poo. Cut up a snake in to 5-6 little pieces, you'd think I'd given him a whole bag he was so excited  ph34r.gif

I love having a bribable child. The key is only pulling out the bribe when you are desperate. Like cleaning poo out of underwear every day for two weeks straight!  wink.gif


#7 bees-knees

Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:31 PM

I also wish I had a bribeable child. I would pay just about anything to make toilet training move along faster!

#8 Squeekums Da Feral

Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:37 PM

Hot wheels cars will buy me anything with DD. She has 25L tub half full atm, set to become full with TT I suspect lol

#9 Bluemakede

Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:42 PM

I have a bribable niece (teens), I got some hello kitty stuff (cost less than $5) asked her what she'd do for me to have it. She's vacuuming my floors for me  happy.gif

#10 unicorn

Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:43 PM

It gets worse as they get older, speaking from experience  ph34r.gif

#11 whale-woman

Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:51 PM

We have a bribable one here.
Smarties and stickers for TT, Virtual clothes on Nurdletime app for tooth brushing (saved our sanity) and icecream today for being good about going to childcare (35 wks pg and didn't feel up to dealing with crying and clinging at the drop off when I was already late for work)


#12 Lim Lam

Posted 16 January 2013 - 06:57 PM

3 of my 4 are bribable, the 4th only if he REALLY wants something, or he'll just shrug and say nah dont want it/want to

#13 twinboys

Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:05 PM

We have just moved interstate and so many people ask us how we managed to convince the kids to leave a school that they loved and all their friends behind..... all it took was the promise of bunk beds and a getting a dog.

The bunk beds are yet to be assembled - they are in the still in garage and the dog is being currently 'baked' by the mama dog!!

#14 Mercurial

Posted 16 January 2013 - 07:48 PM

My kids are both bribeable.  It definitely has it's benefits but sometimes leads to an unfortunate opinion that they will only behave/do as requested for payment.  

Jelly beans were good for toilet training.  Though once wees were being produced every five minutes just for a jelly bean, it was only poos that got a jelly bean.  DD especially can always produce one on command if she thinks there's lollies in the offering.

#15 Mummy Em

Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:09 PM

The trouble with bribes is the tendency to require bigger and better ones to get the same effect. You know this is going to be reaaaaally expensive by the time she's a teenager, don't you...

#16 Peppery

Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:50 PM

DD's currency for toilet training was smarties and eating all of her dinner is rewarded with riding her scooter at the park. Win win for both - Miss fussy eater tries everything I put in front of her and I get a solid hour of exercise each night chasing her as she zooms along.

#17 ubermum

Posted 16 January 2013 - 09:59 PM

QUOTE (jupiter123 @ 16/01/2013, 07:23 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I wish I had a bribeable child.  I have yet to find anything I can bribe DD with.



QUOTE (VintageEyes @ 16/01/2013, 07:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Me too. He is so not extrinsically motivated. If I say he won't get the reward if he doesn't do x, he just says he doesn't want it. Sigh. Still trying to find his currency.


Me three. She has no currency. Me crying works a little bit, but not for long and I only play that card when I have exhausted every other avenue because it feels wrong.




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