Easter was wonderful! We had a great time at my sisters house in Kansas City. I dressed my kiddo’s all in their Easter best, and of course I wanted to take a few photos after church. Photographing these three together is a challenge, and lets just say that one of them wasn’t cooperating … like at all… so I gave up and decided to just take a few photos of them individually. Pierson…. ahhhh… Pierson, where to start. He is strong willed.. he always has been (since day one!) and he probably always will be. I hope this means in life he won’t give up when things get tough, and he will not be easily influenced by peer pressure, but for now it means he really doesn’t want to have his photo taken. If you were wondering, Charlotte isn’t my favorite child, she is just always willing to model for me. Pierson would rather run and hide when he sees me with my camera. August doesn’t have a lot of choice right now, so he is photographed fairly often too.ANYWAY, I don’t know if bribery is a good idea for a parent to use all the time. In life you don’t get a piece of candy if you pick up your toys, or don’t cry in Wal-Mart, but folks sometimes I am desperate. (I am a mother of three young kids for gosh sakes!) I do use it in my sessions as well, (after I ask of course!) but I like to think of it as more of a reward then a bribe. (same thing?)
Anyway, here is a little bit of my conversation with my almost 3 year old…
mommy: “Pierson, can I take a picture of you looking so handsome?” Pierson: “Nope, I don’t want to, I am going to play.” He replies. Mommy: “Well, if you let me take a picture of you, then you can play much sooner..” I pick him up and set him on a chair facing a beautiful north facing window. “Nooooooooooooo! I don’t want tooooooooo!” (we are both strong willed BTW) Mommy: “Too bad!” and I start taking his picture… ugly faces and all. Pierson: (yelling like I am pinching him or something) “Waaaaaaaaaaa, NOOOOOOOO” Mommy: (getting desperate for just one picture of him looking sweet in his awesome little tie I found.)…. “Do you want a piece of Easter candy?” Pierson: (calming down and starting to smile) “yep” *click *click (it’s cute!… hurray!)
And we are done. There. That’s my confession on bribing my child.
Isn’t it amazing how quickly he can tun off the water works? Little stinker. I really love that kid.