I posted about this on my personal Facebook page and had so many people love the idea I thought it would be sort of dumb not to share it here too. I hope you enjoy this Parenting Win I managed to pull off. 🙂
After a full morning out, running various errands with the boys, we started making our way home to get some lunch. When they boys figured out where we were headed, much whining ensued, with pleads that we go out for lunch instead. This was par for the course that morning, and the whining was making my head hurt.
Honestly, lunch out sounded great to me –I don’t mind not having to cook anything or clean up the inevitable mess!– but we’d already eaten out that week, and I wanted to honor the budget we live by. So I had to put my foot down and say “no.”
The whining continued, while I ran through my head what we actually had on hand to fix that they might actually like today.
“But Dadaaaaa, I really like going to restaurants…”
“Yeah, I wan go westawant tooooo…”
It was then that I came up with an idea. It might create a little bit more work for me, but if I pulled it off…
“Okay boys, listen up,” I said, and miraculously, they did, “This is what we’re going to do: We’re going to go to a restaurant. It’s called Our House.”
“Our House Restaurant?” asked Tucker.
“That’s right,” I said. “Our House Restaurant. I think you’ll really like it. The whole place is set up to look exactly like our house.”
The boys giggled, and I knew the hook was in. At the very least, the whining had stopped.