I don't bribe my children with chocolate to stop being naughty if they're doing something wrong because I feel like that's rewarding bad behaviour and encouraging tantrums, but, at the moment my little ones are sick. One of them doesn't like the medicine the Dr has given her so I've been offering her a square of chocolate after she takes the medicine because I thought was a treat and something a bit special for being unwell but is it setting up bad habits? I don't mind, it makes both of us happy so I'm going to stick with it, but it seems like I'm bribing her to take her medicine.
I must admit that I am guilty of this, but my kids are no worse for wear because of it. They are not big chocolate eaters, and are not obese or over weight, so no harm done. Chocolate was always just an occasional treat, and they didn't get it whenever we went shopping. My kids were pretty well behaved overall, not like some you see at the shops. I would never give chocolate to a child in temper tantrum mode, as that would be rewarding bad behaviour. I would give it to my children sometimes as a reward for GOOD behaviour, not bad behaviour.
Thanks Naomi! It's hard being 3 and not understanding why you have to take something that tastes yucky. I think turning it into a positive experience with a little square of chocolate afterwards isn't a bad thing :)
On the odd occasion, I did but it was not for anything serious....and lets face it, with children one can only say the same thing a few times.
Bringing up children is like a game of Chess, you have to out smart them, each time!
When toilet training Miss 3 she got paw patrol toys. She loves them so much. I bought them on ebay because they are half the price delivered (information you might find useful soon!!)
She got a stamp on a piece of paper on the door, and then she'd get a paw patrol toy after every 10 poops. It worked so well. Every day when the postie would come she'd ask "did he bring Rubble on the Double" and I'd say "no, you'll have to poop more"
Haha. Good one, Belinda. I may need that with our little one who will toilet train in a couple of years. As for our four year old, he is toilet trained - BUT, he hates doing poops. Which is odd, because he was pooping just fine before we moved house. Heck, he was pooping before he was peeing.
I don't think it's a good idea. Children should not get used to the idea of bribes. If they are doing something right, I'll praise them and let them know that's good behaviour, but that's it. And too much chocolate is not good for their teeth (the stuff children like is too sweet, I think)