I made my kids an offer they couldn't refuse!
August 08, 2011
How to solve this problem of different interests and goals?!
I pondered this question during one of my runs, because I know runs are a great time to solve this kind of parenting puzzles. And at the end of my run, I had indeed found the solution!
Runescape is the name of the game
One of the computer games they particularly love is Runescape. Memberships costs 6,50 a month, and they had been nagging me for ages to buy them one. Which of course I didn't! Why make it even more interesting for them to play computer games. I'm not thát stupid!
But now I made them an offer they couldn't refuse:
'Guys if you promise to run thirty minutes, three times a week from now on, I will buy you a one month membership to Runescape. At the end of the month I will check if you've kept your part of the bargain, and if so, I'll pay the next month membership. And so on.'
It's a parenting succes!
They were delirious with joy, and after trying this for half a year I'm happy to tell you: it's a success! They get their exercise and fresh air, which makes me happy. And they're happy with their membership.
Also I love to give them the gift of running. I believe it will be a great tool to help them through the tough spots of life. Running certainly helps me.
What are your greatest parenting successes?