How To Bribe Your Child The Right Way



There is not a parent alive that hasn’t given into their child’s demands, at one time or another, in exchange for good behavior or nonresistant compliance. I’m convinced that the only reason stores put the new toys and sweet treats by the registers are to make my life just a bit more hectic than it already is. Be strong; there is a way to get your kids to do what you want, and they won’t even know you are skillfully influencing them to do it.


Bribery is such an unpleasant word. For me, it evokes images of deceitful businessmen, gangsters or politicians. It seems like an unfair practice of persuasion, but it works, at least in the short-term. I have personally used them, and I do think that a bribe is sometimes worthwhile, especially if it averts a high-stress, immediate crisis. If you have used an occasional bribe or two, please don’t worry, your child is not going to fall into ruins.


Children are egocentric beings that are also highly intelligent. If you use bribes excessively, your child will come to expect a reward every time you request something from them. Bribes will encourage your child to focus on what they can get rather than on the intrinsic reward of doing something because it is the right thing to do. Children don’t need bribes to be good. Good behavior will come about from their desire to belong, to contribute, and to cooperate. Should parents bribe their children?


Child experts recommend using a discipline technique instead of a bribe approach. Children love to help, enjoy challenges, and generally want to please you, so you might try involving them before offering a bribe to get them to do something that they already enjoy doing.


An example might be that while you are grocery shopping, let your child know that if they stay close to you and help you, then you can save time. And that means there will be extra time to go to the park for some fun. Your child will help because they want to go to the park, and you get their cooperation without using a bribe. Bribing vs Rewarding


It is important that we use words which convey to the child that he has it in his power to take care of his problem, and not that he must do what we tell him to do.


Try changing If–Then statements to When-Then or As Soon As–Then to avoid an arrangement of getting something in return for behaving a certain way. For example, at dinner time if you were to say “if you eat your broccoli, then you can have some dessert.” This is a bribe to get your child to eat their broccoli. If you were to say “when you eat your peas, you may have some dessert if you like”, or “as soon as you eat your broccoli, you may have some dessert.” By changing the wording, you are letting the child choose their own behavior with the consequence of missing out on dessert if they choose not to eat their broccoli.


Remember that bribes are rewards for negative behavior, that unfortunately usually lead to and encourage more bad behavior. Rewards, on the other hand, are positive responses to more favorable behavior that will prompt future good behavior. By helping to teach children that praise and rewards can be earned through hard work and cooperation, they will also learn to appreciate the value of money.

Share your top parenting tips, blogs, and ideas. Parenting is hard, join in to celebrate and commiserate your parenting triumphs and failures along with Project Eve Mom’s community of mom and dads looking to make parenting easier. today.

Add a Blog


  1. Hi there, I noticed your comment on my small web site and decided to look you up. You actually have got something great going on here. I am inspired to get methods to make improvements to my site and I feel using a concept or maybe more coming from the one you have will be a very good start. Cheers.

  2. I must admit that this is a great write-up. Highly informative at the very least. Though this is actually my very first time on your web site, I’m surprised about the high quality of your posts. Wonderful work.

  3. Your web site supplies great educative resources which have thus far made it easier for me in better comprehending this issue and several other related ones. You definitely do deserve a huge thumbs up. Continue the great work.

  4. 577544 917525Hi, you used to write exceptional articles, but the last several posts have been kinda boring I miss your tremendous posts. Past few posts are just slightly out of track! 160237

  5. After going through this article a second time, I need to admit that it’s truly educative. I also like to thank you you for the effort and hard work put into this type of a wonderful article. Whereas I do spend some time reading through many blog posts, I almost never make comments, nonetheless, it is worth giving this one. Thanks.

  6. Hey. I understand this is somewhat off-topic however I needed to ask. Does managing a well-established blog like yours require a massive amount work? I am brand new to operating a blog but I do write in my diary daily. I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my personal experience and feelings online. Please let me know if you have any kind of recommendations or tips for new aspiring bloggers. Thankyou.

  7. 856336 244027Youd superb suggestions there. I did a research about the issue and identified that likely almost anyone will agree together with your internet page. 959645

  8. 515729 761568Dude.. My group is not considerably into seeking at, but somehow I acquired to read several articles on your blog. Its amazing how intriguing it is for me to go to you fairly often. 36593

  9. 9633 166078Most valuable human beings toasts ought to amuse and present give about the couple. Beginner audio systems previous to obnoxious throngs would be wise to remember often the valuable signal employing grow to be, which is to be an individuals home. greatest man speech examples 633136

  10. 623201 620263I like what you guys are up too. Such smart function and reporting! Carry on the superb works guys Ive incorporated you guys to my blogroll. I think it will improve the value of my site 253647

  11. That is the correct blog for anyone who needs to search out out about this topic. You understand so much its almost arduous to argue with you (not that I truly would want…HaHa). You undoubtedly put a brand new spin on a subject thats been written about for years. Nice stuff, simply great!

  12. Hi to all, I am also really keen of learning Personal home pages programming, but I am new one, I always used to examine articles or reviews related to PHP programming.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here