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Video: Why Not to Bribe Kids

December 7, 2011 | Posts with Videos | 0 comments

Preserving kids natural motivation

“If you empty the dishwasher right now, I’ll give you a dollar.” Does this sound familiar? We’ve all done it: offered our kids little bribes—and maybe even threatened to take away privileges—to get them to do what we’ve asked. Here’s why we might not want to do this, even if it works.

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