Bribery – it’s the second “B” word in the language of parenting! Some feel that it is a method that can be defeating to parenting at large, however, I tend to see it as providing an incentive or reinforcing a behavior that you find desirable.
For my own child who seems to struggle with transitions, I’ve set it up with her that if she is able to get through the morning routine with minimal meltdowns, she will score a lunch at Panera’s – her favorite, broccoli cheddar soup!
I encourage parents to set up a reward system in advance of situations that may be a struggle for your child, and be consistent. Don’t over or under indulge your child. As your child shows greater strength or self control, it becomes easier to maintain that behavior. Further, your child’s self esteem increases as well.
Take a look at a blog that I contributed to written by Kristen Acevedo, who also confirms that sometimes, bribery works….