Maybe I give my kids too many options. You know, I'm that kind of parent that would rather reason with them and get them to *try* to see my point rather than argue with them and have a tantrum break out.
The part of the day that is usually the hardest for me is getting the girls inside for dinner.
I get home from work around 3:40 and start to make dinner usually around 4:30. So this leaves about 50 minutes of play time outside for the girls.
When its time to go in I usually say "Okay girls, lets go inside and play, mommy has to cook" and that is followed by two "No's." Then I go on to explain to them that If I don't cook no one will and try to reason with them some more. It never works though......
Today I decided to try something new. Bribery. Yes you hear me bribery. Today's dinner banter went something like this:
Me: Come on girls lets go in so mommy can make dinner!
Me: Please....mommy will make you chicken?
Me: Do you want an M&M?
Me: Okay lets go inside and get one!
And the next thing you know I have two kids running in behind me. Score.
Hey, it may not be the right answer for everyone but its the right one for me!