Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Sneaky Parenting

The battle to wean Fiona from her pacifier continues, but we've gotten sneakier about it.

Once I realized that pacifiers could be used as motivation, as well as, uh, pacification, whole new worlds opened up. (Credit here goes to our occasional babysitter, Stephanie, who is clever about such things.) Now, getting Fiona to settle down at bedtime is easy. Take for instance, the conversation we had tonight:

F: Hey, where's my pacifier? It was right here!
A: I took it.
F: But I want it!
A: What do you need to do to get it?
F: Be quiet for... oh... five minutes...
A: Let's try twenty.
F: How about THIRTY?
A: (grinning in the dark) Oh, OK. Deal! Thirty minutes.

Isn't it great when you find a solution everyone's happy with?

1 comment:

Josh Mugele said...

We had a pacifier fairy in our house that took all the pacifiers one night and replaced them with a shiny new toy!