I made my kids an offer they couldn't refuse!

August 08, 2011
I've got two sons who love to play games on their computer. Unfortunately for thém, they've got a mom who worries about too much screen-time. I want them to play outside, and get plenty of exercise and fresh air.


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!

My offer!

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?

15 comments:

  1. Great idea!! My kids are still at the age where they would rather be outside playing rain or shine so I have a few years before I have to start worrying about too much screen time (unless it rains).

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  5. You drive a hard bargain but if it works that's awesome! I remember doing similar things where basically if they did something I wanted they would get something they wanted.

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  6. Bribery- one of the best parenting tools out there. Glad it worked so well for you. :)

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  7. Hi! I am your newest follower from the Welcome Wednesday Blog Hop!

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  8. That's a really smart idea, i have 2 twin boys aged 6 who are getting into gaming, my parents bought them a little Wii type plug into your TV console thing and they're hooked on it.
    I'm a gamer myself and have been playing World Of Warcraft for 6 years solid so i know all about being sucked into games and you are definitely doing the right thing :)

    really nice blog you have so glad i stumbled across it from the butterbottom blog hop, now following you via GFC.
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  10. Hmmm Times have changed, we used to run, play and whatever just to get out of the house. My mom had a big bell which she rang to call us all in for dinner. Then we really ran!

    I guess bribery works and is ok, you might also mix in a little negitive inforcement-"If your not going outside I've got a few jobs for you!"
    The Cranky Old Man

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  11. Wow - great thinking!!!

    thanks for riding the train today, now following so i won't miss any of the good stuff!
    Jen Greyson | Author

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  12. I am going to do this...my girls LOVe sites and alwasy want to upgrade to be able to do More. This way I can upgrade fr them AND they excerise while not sitting there.
    Found u through FMBT..hope u will follow too

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  13. What a great idea! I am glad to see that it works, I may have to snag that for my daughter - who is just now getting into gaming.

    I found you through Follow Me Wednesday - you can find me at http://regularmel.blogspot.com

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  14. That, my dear, was a brilliant idea. I need to run to get those for myself. I am following you from the Welcome Wednesday hop - have a great evening.

    Dayna
    http://www.greatbeautybuys.com

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  15. What a wonderful Idea. I am stoppin by from the blog hop. Im a new GFC follower. Please follow back at http://jessycaspage.blogspot.com/
    Have a great weekend!

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