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As a follow-up to Amelia's acting up post,  Tom and I talked with Amelia on Thursday night and struck a deal with Amelia. If she went to camp on Friday and had a good day (no accidents, no sassing), she could have a date with the parent of her choice on Saturday. It's funny how motivation can change behavior...

Friday went off without a hitch. When she woke up on Friday, Tom reminded her of the deal. I dropped her off at camp with a big hug and kiss. She wore the tie-dye shirt that she had made on Wednesday, frolicked with her friends, ate pizza, and had a great time. Katie got to enjoy her Abrakadoodle class.

Last night, Tom's sister watched the girls so we had a date night. (Yay!) We caught an early showing of  The Dark Knight  We enjoyed it a great deal. It was a whole lot of movie, but it was probably the best superhero movie we've seen in a while. (To be fair, we did not get a chance to see Iron Man  while it was in the theaters, which I desperately wanted to see.)

This morning, Tom and Amelia took off early for their "date."  They had breakfast together at the Original Pancake House, then stopped by their respective toy stores (Home Depot and Toys R Us). While they were off, Katie and I slept in til 9 A.M..  Ahhh, I love when a plan works out. :)

Date: 2008-08-03 03:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] posthaste.livejournal.com
best. subject. line. ever.

Date: 2008-08-03 03:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
Heehee! Doesn't parenting feel like that sometimes?
Edited Date: 2008-08-03 03:34 am (UTC)

Date: 2008-08-03 03:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raving-liberal.livejournal.com
That's not negotiating with terrorists. That's picking your battles. ;)

Date: 2008-08-03 03:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
It feels like negotiation though! It shouldn't have gotten to this! It's freaking happy child nature hippy camp! She would have loved it if she hadn't decided to get jealous of Katie doing art with me!

You're absolutely right. :)

Date: 2008-08-03 01:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jimmyether.livejournal.com
Glad it went well with the negotiations. I have to use that kind of motivation all the time.

And happy birthday!?

Date: 2008-08-04 03:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
Thank you! :D I'm not above using mild bribery!

Date: 2008-08-03 01:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zeppo.livejournal.com
happy birthday gal!

Date: 2008-08-04 03:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
Thank you, gorgeous!

Date: 2008-08-03 03:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bouncepogo.livejournal.com
Sleeping in is WONDERFUL!


Date: 2008-08-04 03:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
Oh, man. I could have used another few hours of sleep, but I'll take what I can get. :D Thank you!

Date: 2008-08-03 06:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wedash.livejournal.com
Sounds awesome! Happy birthday :)

Date: 2008-08-04 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
Thank you!

Date: 2008-08-04 12:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calico.livejournal.com
Happy birthday!

Date: 2008-08-04 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
Happy birthday!

Date: 2008-08-04 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katfrog.livejournal.com
Hmmm, this sounds like a good solution - but what happens if Amelia decides that she doesn't want to go to preschool unless she gets special dates?

It's just the pessimist in me, and Amelia probably won't even think about it come fall.

Oh, and "Iron Man" is playing at the dollar theater, near the corner of Roswell Road and Johnson Ferry Road.

Date: 2008-08-04 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
I hear what you're saying. This is a tool to be used _very_ sparingly. Amelia loves preschool so much that I'm thinking it shouldn't be a problem. In addition, Katie will be going to preschool as well. I think the issue was that Katie was coming home with "framed" artwork from Abrakadoodle so that Amelia's jealousy got triggered.

Date: 2008-08-04 03:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katfrog.livejournal.com
Yes, I figured you would not let this get out of hand. And the framed artwork does look good.

Speaking of, are you going to post any pictures of Katie's newest creations?

Date: 2008-08-04 01:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shlafe.livejournal.com
It's hard finding the perfect bribe. :) Sounds like you hit a home run with that one.

...and happy belated birthday. I didn't log on yesterday or you would have heard it then!! :)

Date: 2008-08-04 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
Thank you! :)

Date: 2008-08-04 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] martinhesselius.livejournal.com

Belated Birthday!

Date: 2008-08-04 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heathrow.livejournal.com
Thank you!


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