Thanks to everyone who had helpful suggestions about dealing with my son's... lack of enthusiasm for his academic endeavors. You've given me a few ideas which I will implement as needed.
However, this morning, ZBoy unwittingly handed me the ultimate bribe.
We were driving to Whataburger to grab a BOB before school and were listening to the radio, when an ad for "Walking with the Dinosaurs" came on.
He rather wistfully gazed at the radio, then said, "I'd really like to go see that, Mom. It's supposed to be amazing!"
"But, hon... remember when the dinosaur exhibit came to the Mary Brogan Museum? You wouldn't even go in the room with them!"
"Yeah, but I was FOUR!"
We dropped it after that, but I tucked it into the back of my mind. We had our breakfast and over breakfast, talked about these academic issues he's having. I explained to him that doing well in his studies and in his behavior would make him a powerful person now and as an adult. Being the rabid Star Wars fan, he could relate to the idea of personal power. We shall see how he interprets this bit of advice.
After dropping him at school, I headed for work. Mid-morning, an email popped up from our United Way fund drive coordinator. She is a marvelously inventive person and has devised several ways to motivate people to donate.
I have never donated to United Way before. I have a bit of an issue with my workplace dictating my charitable giving. But this year I caved. Why? you may ask.
One of the "incentives to give" is a raffle this Friday for tickets to "Walking with the Dinosaurs"! First draw gets 4 tickets, second draw is 2 tickets.
The tickets have been donated to the station, in addition to a block that we can sell for fundraising purposes of our own. I don't actually know how much they cost, but I can tell you that there is no way I'd be able to afford taking my kid to that if I had to pay for it myself. So I made my UW donation to get my name in the raffle and designated Refuge House (for battered women and children) as the recipient of my donation.
I think that if he can get through next week and the week after without getting any points off for behavior infractions and doing all the work he gets to the best of his ability, dinosaurs could be a powerful bribe.
And if not, I know a few people who would LOVE to go.