Friday, October 12, 2007

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures


My son has a new hero, Wario. For those of you who aren't familiar with the character, let me just say his claim to fame is passing gas. Big huge toxic clouds of it... Over the last week my son has used the word "fart" in any and every way imaginable. He has brought it into every conversation. He has become highly interested in bodily functions and is thrilled when he can pass gas near his friends or family.

The other day we were driving in my friend's van and none of the kids wanted to sit by him... I couldn't blame them. The whole van smelled horrible, and G was laughing uncontrollably. (It's against the law to throw a child out of a moving vehicle, so I settled for rolling down all of the windows...)

So back to good old positive reinforcement. How do I positively reinforce his attempts to change this behavior? I decided that if G can make it through the day without referring to passing gas or burping AND if he can manage to do these things *privately* he earns a dollar. Thus far he has earned two dollars. I figure once we get to $10 the behavior should be extinguished. A small price to pay for driving in peace...
Just for fun, I just visited Maddy's Blog she's dealing w/ Chihuahuas...

10 comments:

Marla Fauchier Baltes said...

That is too funny. My daughter loves bodily function humor too. In fact some of my adult friends still think it is hysterical too. Ugh.

kristen said...

My son just recently picked up the phrase, "did somebody step on a frog?" and he relishes any opportunity to use it. For a kid who is otherwise very literal in his thinking, he had no trouble wrapping his mind around that idiom. I thought it was a boy thing until I read maria's comment. Sigh.

Maddy said...

Extinguish would be the correct word here! Eek. [I'm posting similarly, but less rudely! tomorrow]

$10 of fresh air - most expensive 'gas' in the world but cheap at the price.!
Cheers

farmwifetwo said...

Bodily functions disappeared with age. We have the "mouthies" here. And I'm tired of it. Best I can come up with is immediately shutting down the tv.

Good luck.

S.

Jen P said...

It takes 21 consecutive days to create a habit. So you might need take out a larger withdrawal

Casdok said...

Bribery, love it when it works!!

Katherine said...

Did you ever, ever imagine you would find yourself paying someone not to fart...? Hilarious.

Perhaps we should be discussing which foods you can eliminate from G's diet... no need to provide the kid with any ammunition! haha!

GOOD LUCK!

Steve said...

Great post...oops, excuse me, I guess I owe myself a dollar - Elissa would be horrified!

G-Dub said...

So let me get this straight. You're paying your son to not pass gas in public?

Greatest...job...ever!!

Anonymous said...

I love WArio! He's so sexy. But in all seriousness, Wario didn't always use to do this. When he was first introduced to the general public he was just big and strong, so passing gas. Look at what Media has done to my favorite videogame character. Don't blame Wario. Got attack nintendo, please.