So it’s supper time.John won’t be home until 8:30pm or thereabouts. I’m in survival mode and am relying on a bath to kill the last hour or so before bedtime. Katherine is sitting at the kitchen table, before a plate of whole wheat spaghetti and Parmesan (her choice supper). Three bites later…..
K: I’m done now. I’m full and not hungry any more.
Me: Oh come now! I made you noodles and cheese, just like you wanted, and you don’t want to eat them?
K: No, I’m not hungry!
Me: Oh. I see. (pause) Well… hmmm…. You see, if you don’t finish your supper, you can’t have a bath.
One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi….
K: My goodness! Look at this! A whole plate of noodles! I forgot to eat them! I’d better get to it so I can have my bath!
Parenting…. it’s all about marketing.