Threats and Oreos

Three adults and six teenagers of varying athletic abilities successfully hiked to the summit of Mount Washington yesterday. While this may not be a first-time thing, the trip happened with a total lack of whining. Crazy, I know!

We’re attributing our success to a combination of rewards and threats. The kids were told that if they whined they would have to sit on a rock and wait until we came back down a few hours later. And those who did make it to the top were promised as many Oreos as they could eat.

There’s no freaking way I could have done that hike as a teenager, so I’m just as proud of them as they are. We’re pretty sure the fact that they completed this challenging hike was more of a reward than anything, but the stack of Oreos certainly didn’t hurt.

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