Bribery and Corruption

My children don’t sleep in their own beds.

I literally CAN NOT remember the last time Barry and I had a whole night in bed without visitors.

Of course, it’s our own fault.  We are both total pushovers, and there is something lovely about having the girls come in for cuddles in the middle of the night.  On the other hand, there is nothing lovely about being kicked in the head by your two-year-old at 4 in the morning!

So… we recently decided after having one too many restless nights, that we needed to do something about this.  After many attempts we’ve learned there’s not a lot of logical reasoning to be had with a two-year-old and four-year-old.  A couple of nights ago we tried simple bribery:  you sleep in your bed all night for the next four nights and we will buy you a toy on the weekend.  Did that work?

Alas, No.

Time for my dastardly plan to corrupt my little ones: I wondered if perhaps a little visual bribery might work a little better.  Today, while Ava was at kindy, Lola and I spent the morning decorating the jars pictured above.  We filled them with ten freddo frogs each and put them on their bedside table.  Before the girls went to bed tonight we told them that each night they sleep a full night in their own bed they will get a freddo frog the next morning – before breakfast even!

Once they have eaten all the freddo frogs (and slept 10 nights in their own beds!!) they get to visit the toy shop for a big reward!!  I am hoping the fact that we can show them the jar full of yummy chocolate when they wake up in the middle of the night might be enough to coax them back into their own beds.  What do you think??  Please keep your fingers and toes crossed for us – and hopefully I’ll be able to report back with good news soon!!


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4 Responses to “Bribery and Corruption”

  1. May 04, 2012 at 9:11 am, Jennifer Carroll said:

    Hana, I can’t wait to hear how this works! I bring my 14 month old daughter into bed with me in the early morning around 4:30 because at that point I’m just too tired to care – especially if I’ve already been up several times in the night. Once she’s a little older if bribery will work – I’m all for it!!! I get those kicks in the head too though and wonder if it’s really worth it but then I love the cuddles and kisses when we’re “for real” waking up! :-) Please keep me posted!


    • May 07, 2012 at 1:41 pm, Hana said:

      Oh Jennifer, I’m disappointed to report that so far no freddo frogs have been claimed! The night before last I was pretty sure that Ava was going to get one, and then she crept into bed at about 4.45! Never mind, we’ll keep trying – if you find a magical solution before me – please let me know!!! H xo


  2. May 04, 2012 at 12:13 pm, Jodie Benveniste @ Parent Wellbeing said:

    The jars are gorgeous! Good luck – I hope they work!


    • May 07, 2012 at 1:44 pm, Hana said:

      Thanks Jodie! No luck yet… we’ll keep trying though!

      H xo


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