11/18/2008

Works for Me Wednesday: I'm No Sucker

Toots is the third child. The baby. There have been lots of studies done about birth order and it's effect on personality. I even did a report on it in my Freshman Biology. I think they know what they are talking about. As the baby, Toots is used to having things done for her. And she is used to being entertained. She has a big brother and sister that do both. And when they are both at school I suffer the consequences of their absence.

My husband has given Toots a nickname. Leech. Of course he means it in the sweet cute nickname from your father sort of way. But it fits. And I try to do my best to give her attention when her siblings are away, but there are times when I need her to entertain herself for five minutes. Like when I need to use the restroom and don't want to listen to her cry outside the door. Or when I am trying to clean the kitchen after lunch.

So it is times like that I pull out my secret weapon:

The sucker. I don't think there is anything she likes more in the world. Not even me. And when I need a few minutes to regain my sanity, I unwrap a sucker, stick her in the highchair, and let her go at it. She usually requires a bath afterwards, but it works every time. Sometimes I even get 10 minutes.
And if it makes her happy, it works for me. Bribery. Try it yourself and see.


This post was brought to you by the letters L and R and by the blog Rocks In My Dryer.

20 comments:

  1. She is too cute! I am glad that you found something that works.

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  2. Look at that face!!!! Its worth having to give a bath to see that smile :-D (psst,I do it too. I buy those huge bags of dumdums, I give each of them a lolly and sent them out on the patio to play) Yay for 5-10 minutes of freedom.

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  3. She is just too CUTe! Those need to be framed.

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  4. I need to buy dum dums the next time I am at the store! I was giving her the big old blow pops that we had left from Halloween!

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  5. That would require me actually developing pictures....;D

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  6. Those are such cute pictures! I love the silence that candy brings.

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  7. Toots and Ruby Jane - the same child? I think so. :o) I'm all over this sucker thing - especially while trying to cook dinner! Thanks. I hope it works for me!

    Oh - and Sam's sells the HUGE bag of Dum Dums.

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  8. She's pretty darn adorable, doing her sucker loving. :)

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  9. OMG. That face is priceless!!!!!!!!

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  10. So funny! My 3rd and 4th are my mellowest, and they let me do whatever I want (usually). It was my first that acted the way you're describiing... acts, not acted! Maybe it has something to do with gender. My last 2 are boys, but my first 2 are girls.

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  11. I love your style. We do what we need to to stay sain!

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  12. That is totally our new trick ever since Halloween. Now every other week we pick up a bag of lollies at the grocery store too. :) And she's a cutie!

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  13. I am going to have to ditch my Costco membership for a Sams membership I think! I haven't seen suckers at Costco!

    Which reminds me that my Costco membership is up this month, so when I go I am going to have to tack $50 on to my bill!

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  14. Oh my goodness, those are the cutest pictures!!

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  15. Bribery smibery!....Whatever works mama!

    Party on.

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  16. I know I told you her Halloween pic was cute, but I think that face with the lollipop smile tops it! Sweet sweet baby girl!

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  17. Oh my goodness-she is so cute! Amen on the sucker-my 17 month old loves them and you can cool believe when he is driving me crazy he gets one. Keeps him quiet for a good 15 minutes or so and isn't it amazing what you can get done in 15 minutes? Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting!

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