So..I’ve completely failed in my quest to get the Bean to take the medication for her ear infection. The Hubs and I tried everything. We bribed, threatened and put her in time out. We tried mixing it in every food possible and nothing. I couldn’t mask the taste enough and she flat out refused to take it. Thankfully a re-check at the doctors again yesterday showed her ear was mending on its own, but I was reminded again how screwed we are. I mean, if I can’t get my 3 year old to take her medicine now, how am I going to get my 16 year old to respect curfew?!
I mentioned this in my last post, but Beaner is 3 years old and I have still not found her kryptonite. I haven’t found a single form of discipline that gets her attention. Time outs? Meh. Taking away toys? Who cares- she has 15 million others. Losing privileges? Not a big deal- she can entertain herself just find with a stick and a piece of string. Who needs movies!
I also haven’t found anything that motivates her more then once. She really doesn’t care about things, so the lure of a new toy doesn’t go far. She’s not food orientated, so M&M’s or other goodies not typically allowed in our home doesn’t get us anywhere. I suppose I could ban her from hanging out with the cats or playing with her brother (her only loves), but that just seems crazy.
Thankfully in the cases of bad behavior, a combination of all of the above gets our point across 99% of the time. But when it comes to times when the Bean is flat out refusing to do something, like take her medicine, I honestly don’t have a clue. Do any of you?