Weekday mornings are when we are most likely to violate our normal parenting standards. Below are just a few of the standard categories of such violations.
Bribes: We will use bribes we’d never use, not even at dinner time. For example: “Yes, Emla, you can have a cookie if you let me put your shoes on. No telling momma, though!”
Empty Promises: These are bribes that the parent has no intention of ever fulfilling. For example: “Yes, Emla, you can watch 8 hours of Thomas and eat all the cupcakes you want when we get home tonight if you just let me put these socks on your feet.”
Shortcutting Fails: Some would call this “survival”, but I think this is a bit different. Parental survival is also known as “McGyvering”: getting through things you could have had no clue were coming. In parenting, these situations are, of course, quite common.