I made a mistake and served green beans with dinner. My daughter gagging with every bite and my son not only boycotting the green beans, but refusing to eat anything that shares a plate with them. Sitting sideways with his head buried into the chair back crying, "I'm not eating that." My children were acting as if I were trying to poison them. It was hilarious. So I do what any desperate parent would do, and break out my most motivating bribes.
"I'll give you each a dollar if you eat them." I said.
"Okay!" My daughters face lit up. Eating them but still gagging.
"What happens if I don't?" My son inquires.
"Okay, no dollar." He responds.
"If you don't eat them, then you will have to give me a dollar." I said, clearly changing the bribe.
"I think... I can find a dollar." He said after giving it 5 seconds of consideration.
I am trying not to laugh. My tactics are backfiring. So far my son is willing not only to pass up earning a dollar, but pay one to get out of eating his green beans, while my daughter is bragging how she ate them and she is now one dollar richer. So I had to think, what is more important than earning money to this kid. Ah ha, ice cream.
"Everyone who eats their green beans gets an ice cream sandwich after dinner."
"What if I don't?" He questions.
"Then no ice cream."
He sits in his chair sobbing. He pulls his self together and shakes his head okay. I'm thinking, yes it worked, I win! Then he pushes his plate away from him.
My husband says, "You want me to feed you like a baby?" As he scoops up some green beans with the fork then attempts to force feed our child. My son locks his lips tight and noodles down the chair.
"Fine! If you're not going to eat them then go to bed!" It's the last threat I have.
So he climbs off his chair and walks himself to his room, puts his PJ's on and gets into bed at 6:23pm. I followed him and he is ready to be tucked in for the night. I thought, now this is a kid who hates green beans!
I didn't give up and eventually I got one green bean in him and he was allowed to stay up until it was actually time to go to bed. Dinner wasn't supposed to be punishment, I just wanted to get some vegetables in the stomachs of my children.
This is not a mistake I will make again! Now when I want to get my children to eat their green beans I puree them and add them to the meat loaf.