Saturday, September 7, 2013

Let's Make a Deal

Look what made it home with us last night.

Three-fourths of the Incredible family.  The funny thing is we don't have the Disney Infinity game yet. We're not above bribery here.  Sometimes it just works and what a better bribe than a game the whole family can play together?

The original bribe worked something like this, we have a super picky eater.  Incredibly picky, if he could live off of chicken nuggets, french fries and pizza he would. Say hello to my sweet Captain Picky.

He is so limited in his eating habits that even Miss E has started including in her prayers to please "help bubby learn to try new foods"    We have got him to branch out slowly but surely and his food repertoire has grown.

So we decided too offer Disney Infinity as incentive.  We told Captain Picky, that if he ate family dinner with us on Thursday night we would get them Infinity and he would get to choose where we went for dinner on Friday night. The meal was something totally new, and slightly risky so we had to go big with it or go home.  It was a rotisserie chicken salad with grapes, apple, mayonnaise, sour cream and Dijon mustard.  It was a big gamble, as he doesn't look new, or sauce...but we figured if anything could motivate him it would be this game.

Well, it didn't entirely go as planned.  He totally resisted at dinner time and refused to eat.  Temper tantrums ensued and there went dinner and the game.  Little sister ate at least half of it and of course had to revel in the fact that she liked it and her brother didn't, because she's all about one upmanship.

You know what they say about best laid plans right?  Shortly after bedtime the hockey nerd went to talk to Captain Picky about choices.  The next thing I know, they come out together and the plate that was refused and placed in the refrigerator is brought back out.  Next thing I know he's actually eating a grape, then some of the chicken, then another grape and some apple.  He didn't eat the whole thing, but he tried and that was half the battle.

So since he tried, but because he didn't do it with full cooperation, we had to come up with a compromise. He got to pick dinner, his new favorite Freddy's Steak burger, and we got the Incredibles figures.

In order to now get the game he has to clean his closet, which is a disaster zone.  We shall see how it pans out, but I can tell you that it's 9 am and he is in his room working on his closet.  Maybe knowing that we have the figure now to play with, but no Infinity to play it on that will get him going.    Does anyone want to place any bets?

The bribe worked.  Let's see how long it stays this way now.

Never underestimate the power of Disney in this house.

Have you ever bribed your kids to get a desired outcome?  Did it work?  If you have a picky eater, what has worked for you in regards to trying new foods?