Friday, August 28, 2015

It's only a game...an experiment in parenting



So today, we have to run a bunch of errands before we head to the beach tomorrow. Parenting in these tedious situations feels fraught with peril. Everyone is tired from a late night of driving. We are sleeping in a different place. People are cranky from being cooped up.

Enter my crazy parenting experiment.

I've written out a series of Super Secret Missions for my kids and asked them to be a Super Secret Spy Team. If they complete their missions, they'll be eligible for a Top Secret Bonus Mission that will earn them a trip to the playground.



Why am I doing this? Shouldn't they be able to mind me and behave in a store without engaging in elaborate pretend play? Did I just become one of those over-the-top moms who try to make everything into a theme/educational/fun experience?

Maybe. 

But I am on vacation. I don't want to spend our first day together nagging people to behave properly. If I can get a little extra enjoyment for everyone by calling them by code names, I'm up for it. 

Will they make it? Will we survive? 

You'll have to wait and see.

Follow our adventure on Instagram with the hashtag #teamdupuy to see how it's going. I'll recap the whole thing here later. Who knows? Pretending this whole thing is a game might make more bearable for everyone.