More bribery

To continue yesterday’s theme: I want you to know that I am not above bribing other people’s grandchildren.

A few days ago a new friend came over for tea and cookies. She cares for her elderly father who has dementia, so I had asked her to bring him along. She called, right before coming, to see if it would all right to bring her four year old grandson as his mother had just been called in to work. Sure, I have lots of stuff for a four year old. Come on over.

The grandson, much like my tiny granddaughter, is very precocious. Talks a mile a minute, and had no qualms about making himself at home with all the sundry play stuff around the house. Great grandpa, with his dementia, is very concerned about time, and was constantly checking as to when it would be time to go. My friend told me that due to her father’s Navy training, arrivals and departures must be right on time. When it was time to leave, it was time to leave, even though the visiting grandson had just discovered a box of Playdoh and really wanted to play with it. I assured him that he could come back again and play with not only the Playdoh but also he could paint. All good and well, but he wasn’t leaving.

Time for bribery. “Do you like M&Ms?”


“You can have M&Ms if you go get in the car.”


By this time Terry was home so he took tiny grandson to pick out M&Ms while my friend got everything packed up to go. He returned with the candy and was ready  to climb into his car seat. Bribery. Yes, it works.


5 responses to “More bribery

  1. cute story! I think the people with dementia have no idea that they have it, so perhaps that’s a good thing.

  2. That’s a good story! Yes, bribery works quite well when they are four. It begins to diminish soon afterwards, though. 🙂

  3. Dementia is such a sad thing. And you know what? With kids, sometimes a teeny bit of bribery is awfully helpful.

  4. Very cute story! My daughter used M&M’s to bribe her twins to go on the potty.

  5. M&Ms for kids always works wonders. Keep them handy. Dianne

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