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Gizmodo: Is This the Best or the Most Evil Parenting Trick Ever? - Shiny Things

Aug. 8th, 2012

10:45 pm - Gizmodo: Is This the Best or the Most Evil Parenting Trick Ever?

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Some days, this is very tempting. I may yet have to try it on the youngest.

Is This the Best or the Most Evil Parenting Trick Ever? [Internet]

However, when it's already a question of whether or not to obediently do the work assigned to you, there's a certain contrary motivation that's likely to make the kid say, "Screw this, if work is just the price of using the internet, I can do without the internet." Karen and I both remember being told to make our beds before we could watch cartoons on Saturday mornings (wow, I just dated us: sorry, dear), and sitting on our beds for hours rather than taking a few minutes to comply. Our motivations mystify me sometimes.