Keep calm and earn stickers
My friend and bandmate Erin two weeks ago suggested this idea. I love it. Necessity being the mother of invention, especially when the mother is single parenting with husband in Africa, this is my solution to yesterday's breakfast debacle. The kids and I (read: mostly the kids! They did an amazing job, see #1! My son's first contribution!) came up with the following rules last night as a way to earn stickers. Five stickers gets you dessert; 10 stickers results in 15 minutes of screen time; 15 stickers leads to a new app for more screen time; 20 stickers is a TRIP TO THE TOY STORE.
Boom! Take that, nastiness. Onward, to the sweet stuff.