Do you bribe your kids?

@acdc0805 (981)
United States
October 9, 2006 3:18pm CST
Do you bribe your kids? To eat dinner, to go to bed, to potty train? Anything? We find ourselves bribing our kids a lot-and we don't think its a good thing-but they seem to take to getting a treat-sometimes we find ourselves giving in about it...but try not to!
8 responses
• United States
9 Oct 06
I do the whole sticker chart thing, then once they earn a certain amount they get to pick what their prize is. Or they work towards something. Potty training same thing, sticker chart. Come on' kids love stickers or those temporary tattoes. Our biggest challenge is trying to get my 4 year old to stay in her own bed all night! Our 1 year old does but my daughter sneaks in at some point in the middle of the night! We're working on it though. :)
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@acdc0805 (981)
• United States
9 Oct 06
sticker charts worked fabulous for us, I don't know if i could have done it any other way with potty training :)
@bhchy1 (6051)
• United States
9 Oct 06
No..but I reward them when they have done something good...and I don't reward them with sweets or food...Going to bed is a must..no reward earned...eating is also a no reward situation..though I have never forced my children to eat food...if they are not hungry..then they are not...but they don't get dessert later. Potty training..is a situation in which you reward the child...
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@acdc0805 (981)
• United States
9 Oct 06
we don't reward with sweets either. i ahve one kid that'll eat anything, and an another who'll only eat 5 foods, if that. going to bed...its more like they don't stay in their bed but an hour or so.
@AndreaM76 (1164)
• United States
9 Oct 06
Not like I used to. I realized they just expect more if you bribe them.
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@mercy18 (168)
• Mauritius
9 Oct 06
Sometimes we are forced to do it. Its not bribe but its reward. I have to tell my kids it you do this well, i will give you that. Its not like a bribe, since a bribe, you give first.
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@katyzzz (2902)
• Australia
9 Oct 06
No, never have and never will, but never is a long, long time. And, maybe, I should have.
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• United States
9 Oct 06
dont have kids so no
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• United States
9 Oct 06
I catch myself bribing, but I try to do the opposite. Take away things that they could normally have or do if they do not listen. It seems to be working for me. It's tough to see the child so sad and upset when they lose a privilege, but they get used to it, and eventually start listening. Parenting is so tough sometime, isn't it.
• United States
9 Oct 06
Yes-I do. Especially to get him to behave in public. I think lots of other parents do it too. It just happens, like poop in diapers.