As a parent, you’re constantly looking for ways to motivate your kids. Sometimes rewards work. Other times that motivation can come in the way of fear.
When I was younger my parents used fear in the form of a can of pork and beans. The threat went like this: if I got a detention in school my supper would be a can of pork and beans. I hated them growing up.
It was effective because I never got a detention. The closest I ever got was in middle school band. Probably 6th grade. The entire trumpet section got a group detention. I was nervous to tell my parents but made the case that it wasn’t my fault so I shouldn’t be held accountable.
Apparently, I did a good job presenting my argument because I got what the rest of my family had for supper that night.
By the way, my aversion to pork and beans is gone. I realized about 15 years ago that my tastes had changed and that I didn’t mind pork and beans.
It was on a guys week away horseback riding with my father-in-law and brothers-in-law in South Dakota. Our evening meals consisted of grilled meat and beans. On the second night, I thought, “I should try pork and beans. See if I like them now.”
Turns out they weren’t bad. Still not my most favorite, but I don’t mind a serving every once in awhile. Especially with a burger or BBQ.
Once I realized that I could eat beans I set out to try them more often. I found out my absolute favorite beans are my aunt’s homemade baked beans. They’re delicious and I’d happily eat them anytime. They’re a favorite of my youngest daughter’s too! I need to get that recipe to add to my collection.