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Do you bribe your kids?

  • jasonlovessara
    jasonlovessara
    Participant

    I have always tried not to bribe them to do things and I don’t for small things like cleaning their room, going to school, etc but today they have their 5 year well child visit and will be getting shots. I totally promised them ice cream if they are brave.
    Ugh – this is a downside of twins. They are both scared and there is only one of me.

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  • TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    I totally bribe them, especially for something like shots. One of those things I didn’t think I would do, but sometimes it really seems like the best option!

    Momkey
    Momkey
    Participant

    I don’t look at it as bribing! I think of it as rewarding them! My daughters kindergarten teacher has it set up that if the children are good in class they get a star sticker each day! After every 5 stickers she sends a 5 star card home! After they get 25 stars they get to pick a special prize! She calls it rewarding the good behavior!

    • This reply was modified 11 months ago by Momkey Momkey.

    embra
    Participant

    Bribing kids for something like reading that you hope they will learn to like anyway is counterproductive, but rewards for a behavior you hope to reinforce? Absolutely! It’s not called bribing in my book. It’s called good parenting.


    embra
    Participant

    Also, I like to get ice cream after I need a shot :-)

    gaamy
    gaamy
    Participant

    ice cream is not a bribe, its a solution :P seriously even if they screamed and had to be held down, still get them ice cream. getting multiple needles jabbed into you sucks. it esp sucks when you’re little and you havent built up much tolerence for pain. to me in this situation ice cream is like drinks after work : “what’s about to happen is going to suck, so lets eat ice cream after so we can forget how bad it sucked!”

    i think bribing is a fine line. you shouldnt have to give your kid a sweet or a treat to get them to do everyday tasks (the day will come when they will want NOT to do the task more than they want a handful of M&Ms) but bribes can be helpful motivators. (sp?)

    Inga
    Inga
    Participant

    I think a reward is just fine for something they’re really dreading, like immunizations. It gives them something to look forward to. As mentioned, I don’t think it would be a good idea to bribe them for normal everyday tasks, but the doctor, especially when they are really afraid, is a different story. Good luck!

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    Sometimes you just gotta! I’m not against it at all. There is a limit to it of course though.

    jasonlovessara
    jasonlovessara
    Participant

    We were going to get the ice cream today because Bella starts with two new therapists but it went so horribly wrong yesterday that we went straight there… i joked that I would have bought them a pony if I could have ;)

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