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Bribing Kids

I Bribe My Kids And You Know You Do Too

Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead | Posted 09.13.2014 | Parents
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

Don't parents "bribe" their kids all the time? "If you eat your vegetables, you can have ice cream for dessert." "If you do your homework without complaining, you can play Wii." This system of good-behavior-equals-reward starts at a very young age.

The Question of Bribery

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

When we offer to do something children want in return for helping us when they would rather be doing something else, this is not always a bribe. It can also be an expression of appreciation and an opportunity to teach the importance of reciprocity.

Is It OK to Use My Smartphone As a Reward?

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Relying on your digital device as a bribe, threat or diversion is not a reliable, long-term parenting strategy.

The Parenting Cliché I Finally Understand

JD Roberto | Posted 06.22.2013 | Parents
JD Roberto

Now I'm beginning to think my parents' judgment was a good deal better than I gave them credit for -- at least when it comes to getting your kids to do what needs to get done.

On Praise and 'Bribes': What the New York Times Got Right (and What It Didn't)

Emma Jenner | Posted 03.30.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

Children need challenges and increased expectations as they age, but change can be scary, and offering rewards -- coupled with choice and a sense of autonomy -- helps make their introduction smoother.

In Defense Of Buying A Child's Love

Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.14.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I just broke my own #1 child-rearing rule: Hold your ground. My parenting sin is that I caved to my 11-year-old son's pleading and bought him an iPhone4S after I told him I wouldn't. So sue me.