We have developed a few incentives here in the Laundry Pile quite by accident.
When Mini-Me was a little, little kid, she wanted a Pogo-stick. I told her she could have one when she turned 5. Thinking she'd forget. I forgot that she had the memory of an elephant - she got a pogo stick when she turned 5.
I accidentally developed the watch plan. When you could tell time to the quarter hour, I'd buy you an analog wrist watch. So far, Mini-me and G-man both have wrist watches. G-man absolutely LOVES his. Mini-Me remembers sometimes to wear hers - but she loves having one, nonetheless.
I just developed the gum-chewing incentive. When you turn 5 (J-man) you can have chewing gum. I made that one up just on Thursday.
Then on Friday, I think, I discovered another incentive. It's interesting what the kids actually come up with for their own incentives.
You see, we have Zoo Tycoon. We have the complete collection where you can add a Marina and Dinosaurs in addition to the regular zoo type of critters. Well, G-man has been wanting to play and wanting to play - but he had to develop better reading skills. He thinks he's developed enough and asked to play. So I consented.
Merrily, he started in on becoming a zoo tycoon.
Well, this got J-man very interested. (We've watch some little rascals movies lately - I'm impressed by how much my J-man looks like Spanky. I may have to change his blog name. I digress.)
See, J-man .. I mean Spanky, thinks he can do anything that G-man can do. He came hop/skipping into the room..
"Mom! Mom! Can I play zoo tycoon??!?!"
"Well, bubby, you need to be able to read to play the game."
"I want to do school work."
Gotta love a good incentive.