During the school year, my strategy for shopping with the kids is this: avoid at all costs. During the summer, my strategy for shopping with the kids is this: when unavoidable, award points—generously.
Yes, I’m that crazy mom you’ll hear in the health and beauty section saying to my sluggish and bored children, “50 points to whoever finds the toothbrushes!” You’d be amazed at how it sends those kids running. And, don’t worry, whoever’s the runner-up in the toothbrush department doesn’t really lose out, because he or she will get 50 points just for not clobbering the sibling who made it first to the oral hygiene aisle (and maybe 25 more for finding the toothpaste that’s 2 inches to the left of the previously mentioned toothbrushes).
In case you’re wondering, I should tell you that a la “Whose Line is it Anyway,” the points don’t matter. You can’t turn them in for valuable prizes. They don’t have any cash value. There’s no extra tech time associated with them. If they mattered, then we’d need a whole documentation and accounting system which’ll just bog things down. Nope, they’re just points, pure and simple. Take ’em or leave ’em, but they’re all you’re gonna get. And, surpisingly, they work.
In fact, last week I awarded an unprecedented 100 points to a Target employee just because she nailed the precise location of the clothespins for us. Honestly, she was thrilled to accept them! I used to think money was the only real employee motivator (that and some really well-timed carbs), but now I think differently. It’s all about the points, baby!
Do you think the State of Delaware’s powers-that-be considered offsetting the 2.5% paycut with meaningless points that won’t buy you anything? Well, perhaps they should.