Friday, November 20, 2009
I received a phone call while out with some friends.
"I bought something for the house," Other Half said very seriously.
"Oh. OK," I try to keep calm.
"And about half of it is already gone," He responds, more seriously.
"It's an 89 cent package of Skittles. We're about 44 cents out at this point."
I start laughing.
Other Half has a system on Saturdays. The boys go do a specific task, pick up their rooms or put away all the toys in the play room, and they each get 2 Skittles. They rush up and down to finish chores since every completed one earns them 1-3 candies. The children think this is the most awesome thing ever on the face of the planet. I have to admit: it works, it works like only a sugar-coated sugar drop could.
However, it smacks of bribery to me, sweet, Red 40 bribery. I think I may be morally opposed to using candy to get children to do their chores. Children should do their chores the normal way--with threats and punishments hanging over their heads--and they should be grateful to have parents who recognize the value of hard work for the sake of hard work. But Skittles also work, really well.
It is really bribery if the candy is earned?
Or am I calling a spade a club and we're digging ourselves a hole that tastes like the rainbow? Guide me, Internets!