Mom Confessions: I Bribe My Children

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mom confessions briberyIt's time for a Mom Confession -- because, let's face it, we're real mothers and sometimes it doesn't work the way the parenting books say it should.

This Week's Confession:

-- I bribe my toddlers. I don't care what anybody says, it works.

Except I see as more as a reward system. Little kids need physical or material incentive sometimes. Plus, this is the real world. We nail the deal, we get a raise. We make the best cake, we win a prize.

My kids get money for doing well in preschool, something special for picking up their toys, and chocolate for going potty. It's working out great.

My parents did the same thing for me when I was little, and I turned out fine. I still know how to do good things as an adult without expecting something in return. -- anonymous

 

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Is a reward system (call it bribery if you want) an effective way to teach toddlers how to do good?

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Do you bribe or reward your toddlers? Is there a difference? Why shouldn't toddlers be taught to operate the same way that we grownups do in the professional world?

We all have secrets and opinions -- so thanks to this brave mom for sharing her honest thoughts, and thank you for keeping this conversation non-judgemental!

Past Confessions:

I Hate Reading Children's Books

I Sleep Naked With My Toddler

I Hate My Neighbor's Kid

I Don't Like to Play

I Sleep While My Kid Is Up

My Kid Watches TV Up Close

I Let My Toddler Play Outside Alone

I Turn My Kids Over to A Mom I Just Met

My Toddler Wears Crude T-Shirts

I Let My Toddlers Climb Play Equipment Unassisted

My Kids Go to Sleep After Midnight

I Let My Toddlers Go Naked in Public

I Throw Away My Kid's Artwork

I Paid $22 for My Son's Haircut

My Toddlers Eat Pizza for Breakfast

I'm Dying My Toddler's Hair

I Leave My Toddler Alone in the Bath

Our Children Aren't Invited to Our Wedding

I Scold Other People's Kids

I'm on Vacation, But My Kid Is Still Going to Day Care

I Favor My Older Child

I Let My Toddler Eat Food Before Paying for It

I Find Excuses to Send My Kids to Bed Early

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