11 March 2008

self-portrait challenge: political.2

{household politics}



We operate under The DumDums Rule, also known as bribery. (Although, my ├╝ber smart friend Crystal says that technically it's only bribery if the lollipops are offered before the desired action; given after the action has been performed makes them a reward. Semantics are a beautiful thing, eh?)

Whenever I need Elle to model the latest outfit I stitched together, she gets rewarded in dumdums. I'm all: just two more minutes honey, no, i don't really want to see your tongue right now and can you please put your shirt downdoyouwantthatcandyornot? Inevitably, her brothers each get a dumdum as well for staying out of the pictures. You have no idea how hard that is for them.

Bought it bulk, these miniature lollies equal about two cents apiece.

At some point it will occur to my children to ask for a raise, but for now everyone but the dentist is quite pleased.



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20 comments:

Erin said...

wow, you totally just described me taking pics of Tessa. Glad it's not just me that's a firm believer in bribery :)

Hot Flash MaMa said...

I would think the Dentist would be a happy fellow--- more possibilities to fix.

janae said...

The dentist should be pleased too. Keeps them coming back ;). I love the picture! And I can relate to the picture taking. I can't get my little one to keep her eyes open. At the start of each photo shoot, I think...I'm going to be really patient. About 10 minutes into it I'm using bribery and all sorts of other methods, including reverse psychology. You must be successful because the pictures are always great!

Kozy Kitty said...

Ahh! Reminds me when mine were that age. My son would get a bag of Shark Bites when he sat still for a haircut! You gotta do what you gotta do!

Melissa said...

Hey - if I go to work, I expect a paycheck - aka: a reward! Why shouldn't my kids get the same?? ;)

A's Mom said...

Yummy, dumdum lollipops! Wow! Very inventive angle!

Angel said...

You made me chuckle over here. I do the exact same thing with my girls. They go looking for my stash now too. :)

~Angel
TaDa!Creations

Courtney said...

Love the pic..Can you teach me to take awesome photos of my family?..no really can you?

Have a great day!

Court

LLD said...

Hmm..I'm going to have to try that one with my nephews! ;)

I love the angle you used for this shot, my eyes were drawn right into the colourful dumdums!

CB said...

The bribery matches the cute lollipop set you have a etsy. Great way to take teh challenge this month.

Rebekah said...

Hey, you're not alone! I use tiny bowls filled with little fishie crackers: one for my modeling daughter, one to keep the other out of the picture!!

And can I just say your photo of your daughter at the top of your blog is breathtaking - her eyes, oh my!!!

pungsnotded said...

HA! Great Idea, I would probably sit still for one of those, too!

Kimberly said...

I thought you were calling yourself a sucker!

Then again, all mums are at one time or another. =P

Amarettogirl said...

What a beautiful, stunning image! Whenever I visit the sushi restaurant I take some of those lollipops! Interesting to reflect on how we negotiate action isn't it? great post!

Swede at Heart said...

Alas, Katie has already wised up. She is asking for the Barbie Mariposa doll for today's modeling session...

Tayasmama said...

Love that pic hun :) I usually let T pick her treat. If there is not treat involved at the end, there are no pictures in the beginning, so bribery or not, gotta do what ya gotta do LOL. She is picking lollipops lately though so maybe I buy in bulk now...and maybe more than one is involved for maybe good pix ;)

Amy said...

ROFL - That was me today - it is such a chore to do pictures and to have her keep her dress top down. God help us! A little sugar never hurt anyone :)

Laurie said...

Tee Hee, same goes on at my house, only we have to have TOOTSIE POPS! Great photograph!

LLD said...

Hmm..I'm going to have to try that one with my nephews! ;)

I love the angle you used for this shot, my eyes were drawn right into the colourful dumdums!

Kozy Kitty said...

Ahh! Reminds me when mine were that age. My son would get a bag of Shark Bites when he sat still for a haircut! You gotta do what you gotta do!