bribing Iliana

23 Jan

I confess. In the mornings when Yianni is still in school and I am running around town trying to finish 10 errands in less than 2 hours while dragging along sweet & precious Iliana, I bribe her with all kinds of crap the minute she starts whining to avoid a total public meltdown.

Since she is deprived from all fatty and cholesterol boosting foods from the moment Yianni steps his foot into our home, the morning tricks and snacks I give her include the following variety: a lollipop in all sorts of shapes and colours (her favourite being the melody lollipop which you can play a very lame tune with), gummy bears (like mother like daughter, shame on me), chewing gums and the beloved kinder chocolate egg with the surprise toy inside – which usually gets diplomatically thrown away the same evening or a couple of days later (tops).

Today was no exception.

We went to the grocery store and we were both hungry. BIG MISTAKE. Clearly nobody can think straight when hungry.

While I was trying to choose between the 1,526 different cooked and smoked hams available, I asked the stupidest question only an ignorant client could ask the clerk behind the counter: which one is the healthiest?? yes, THAT stupid. What I deeply appreciated was her prompt and blimp reply: NONE! She belongs to my kind of people! The honest kind! After I devoured the junkiest of all salamis (no, I didn’t steal it, it was kindly offered to me as a marketing trap for the weak treat for the clients) I decided to head towards the check out as I realized that if we stayed any longer I would be fooled into buying all sorts of things I didn’t really need (if you can’t relate to that, I envy your strength).

After one hour in the grocery store Iliana hit her turning point. I am in awe (not the good kind) every single time I see one of my children turn from lovely to nasty in a split of a second. She started the resentful whining of: mamaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, ich habe hungerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr (mom, I am hungry) which wasn’t really true as she had consumed a banana, 4 biscuits and two bottles of milk in the last two hours.

She turned her head and pointed at the zillion kinder chocolate eggs on display. I immediately gave in and felt less guilty as this was her asking and not Yiannis (when I had her cholesterol level tested I was thrilled that she had a normal rate and a bit sad at the same time as she will always be the privileged one who can eat anything she wants and her brother will always be the deprived one).

She chose, I bought, mom and daughter were happy. No harm done, right?

Until next time








14 Responses to “bribing Iliana”

  1. Αγγελική January 24, 2013 at 1:22 am #

    Remember, it’s not bribing, it’s … … rewarding 😉

    P.S.: Do your kids speak German to you ? This is brilliant !!! xxx

    • wonderlandbytatu January 24, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

      OK, rewarding it is!!
      I have been speaking German to both of my children since their birth and N. Greek. It took them a bit longer to speak but it was definitely worth it. What about you? What are you doing with Paris and Orestis?

      • Αγγελική January 24, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

        Christos and I speak mainly Greek to them at home (apart from when doing homework etc.) and they use English at school/nursery. Neither of them had any noticeable delay speech-wise, but Paris was VERY reluctant to speak Greek up until he was about 4.5 yrs old. We ‘d speak Greek to him and he ‘d reply in English. He became much more confident (and is now fluent in Greek and he’s started learning to read and write by himself, too) after our summer holidays in Greek when he was 4.5 and he was “forced” to use 100% Greek with his cousins and friends.
        Orestis seems – at this stage – to favour Greek more to the point that he ‘ll even speak Greek at nursery when he gets too excited/upset etc. Nursery called us one day to ask us if we ‘d be willing to help him with his English a little bit more, but we said ‘no, thank you, that’s your job” 🙂

  2. sakuraandme January 24, 2013 at 6:05 am #

    Morning! 🙂 I think a few Lollies here and there never hurt anyone! My boys are 21 and 28… Lordy!! I gave them whatever they wanted to shut them up!! Lol they have beautiful teeth and eat healthy. Hugs Paula x

    • wonderlandbytatu January 24, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

      wow!!! you have grown up boys, let me rephrase MEN. Well done! Thanks for reassuring me, I feel better already!!xxx

      • sakuraandme January 24, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

        I was a teenage mum! I did what I thought was right…even if it was wrong. But who says what’s right and wrong? Your the mother and it’s no one’s business to judge! Hugs Paula xxxx

  3. Anka January 24, 2013 at 10:11 am #

    The firstborn child always gets the shaft. I know this because I do the same thing you do with Iliana with my son. I buy him whatever treat he wants at the grocery store just to avoid a meltdown. A mom’s gotta do what a mom’s gotta do! 🙂

  4. Neni Karastamatis January 24, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    And then the toy is a boys toy…
    An other disaster starts!

    Sent from my iPad

  5. ramblingsfromamum January 24, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    I agree with Paula – my kids were fed lollies, junk and they are no worse off for it . I am NOT sayiing this was their menu everyday – but T RELAX my darling, they will choose their own ‘eating path’ they won’t become addicted because now and then you let them have a ‘treat’ all will be well in the world…trust me. It’s the parents that choose the easy way out and feed take-a-way (junk food) continually that may have to worry – you have nothing to worry about.

    PS what’s happening with the puppy??????

    • wonderlandbytatu January 24, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

      keep your fingers crossed! If everything goes according to plan he should arrive in less than 24 hours!!!

      • ramblingsfromamum January 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

        I am sooo excited for you 🙂 Yes Yes Yes T how absolutely brilliant!!!! xxxxx

  6. ourlifeinaction January 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm #

    Being a parent isn’t easy. We do what we have to do sometimes. 😉

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