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Inventive Bribes: Mamas Come Clean and Confess!

My son can find a security camera in any public location from shops to restaurants to stoplights in a matter of minutes. Until he pointed them out, I never realized that Big Brother really is everywhere. I take my three kids out by myself fairly often, and since my middle guy is a bit of a wild card, I use the cameras to my advantage. When he inquires about what they are watching, I tell him his behavior. We went to a formal dinner event that lasted about two and a half hours last weekend, and he sat at the table eating and talking the entire time. Every so often, he'd entertain hopping out of his chair and then look up at the camera, smile, and stay put. The tactic works rather well, but I'm sure it's just a matter of time before he figures things out and calls my bluff. FitSugar told me she's got a trick to getting her daughter to eat her veggies. She recently tweeted:

Should I be ashamed for taking advantage of my daughter's girly stage by convincing her to eat beets since they make her pee pink?

As it turns out, letting her little girl borrow one of mommy's shirts to wear to bed if she bathes also works! Some women grab their wallet or promise candy to get their lil ones to do what they want, but kids are getting smarter — have you become more inventive?

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ngocnguyen ngocnguyen 7 years
My 5 year old niece will refuse to eat food if it looks ugly, gross, or weird. The littlest thing will be wrong or off and she'll want to throw the whole thing out. Told her that the brown spots on bananas are chocolate and she loves it! lol
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
hmm that post says you're low on iron if you pee pink after eating them. thats not a good thing... lol, jen, great idea. most likely when shes older it will be an amusing joke she tells people. We have a few of those from when we were kids.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
That's pretty genius, Girl Jen ;)
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Due in October, and am most definitely not above bribes! :P
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
I told my daughter that we do "Spring Cleaning" because the Easter Bunny doesn't like messes. He hides more eggs in clean houses than messy houses.
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