Bribing children

Bribing Children


As a parent I feel like I spend quite a lot of my time bribing my children just to get them to behave. I know it’s bad and I shouldn’t do it but surely I am not the only one?

These are some of the things I find myself saying in a regular basis

  • If you do a wee in the potty I will give you a smartie
  • If you do a poo in the potty I will give you 2 smarties
  • If you don’t have any accidents all day I will give you a Kinder egg
  • Ok, yes if your brother does a wee, poo or has no accidents you can also have smartie or a kinder egg (my eldest is an excellent negotiator)
  • If you are good all day you can have a chocolate coin
  • If you pose nicely for mummy’s pictures you can have a chocolate muffin
  • If you are good on the plane we will go to McDonald’s
  • If you are not good I will cancel your birthday party
  • If you are not good I will call Father Christmas and tell him not to bring you any presents (I use this September to December)

I also used to give my eldest something from a treat box just before bed according to how good he had been during the day. Luckily (or unluckily for him) he is not the best behaved child so he didn’t get a treat very often. I have stopped that now as I want him to realise he has to be good regardless.

Do you bribe your children on a regular basis? Please tell me I am not the only one!

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  1. August 7, 2015 / 9:20 pm
    he he - I think bribes are in every mum's arsenal - and why not :) #TheList
    • spanishmummy
      August 8, 2015 / 7:34 pm
      Why not indeed!!
  2. August 8, 2015 / 9:21 am
    Oh this made me laugh - I find myself using bribery (or incentives as I prefer to call them!) a lot of the time and frankly, it works! x
    • spanishmummy
      August 8, 2015 / 7:34 pm
      Glad I am not the only one!!
  3. April 13, 2016 / 11:13 am
    I call it rewards lol! Although I don't often need to follow them through. Mostly it's about doing reading and learning his words after school. He's always hungry (even though he's only eaten 30 minutes beforehand at afterschool club), so he has to read his book, usually with the plate/bowl of food sitting in front of him! Otherwise, it's mostly as encouragement - if we're out for the day, he'll moan about walking but ask for an ice cream, so the rule is he can have one if he's managed to walk the distance without moaning. I guess the only issue is that it's usually about food and not necessarily the best thing. Although we used to get pocket money based on cleaning our rooms to a certain standard so I guess not much has changed.
    • spanishmummy
      April 13, 2016 / 8:13 pm
      Maybe I should call it rewards too! I think kids are too clever and they really take advantage of us!

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