Comic Strips: What’s In It For Me

Those of you who have children know that it is almost impossible to get them to do something with bribing them or offering them an initiative.  “Clean your room and you can get an extra hour of TV time.  Take out the garbage and you will get extra desert.” Sound familiar?

Even in the school it is coming down to giving the children prizes or rewards for doing things. Even activities that will benefit them and/or they like.

I have stated before that I run a baseball house league in the school I work in and there are times when I had to deal with, “Do I have to play?” or “I’ll sit out and watch.”  But I saw “Everyone has to give it a try first.”  What gets me is once they start playing they can’t get enough.

The cartoon strip scenario never happened to me, yet, but I could see this situation coming up in a couple of years.

A fun fact about this cartoon is that one of the girls featured the cartoon, did not want to try; however with parent encouragement she did.  When it was all said and done she always never missed a game and liked to play.

One of my favourite children’s books is Dr. Seuss “Green Eggs and Ham” helps to illustrate this.  If you don’t know it I highly recommend it if you have children and if you don’t it’s a cute read.  When ever I hear someone not wanting to try something before they even gave it a chance I recite the book and say,

“You do not like it so you say.

Try them, try them and you may.

Try them and you may I say.”

Trying something new should be its own reward.  Who knows, you may find out that you like it after all.



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