A bribe by any other name ….

June 25, 2013

Bits and Pieces, Parenting

I’m telling you now, upfront and out there, that I happen to be more than ok with bribing your kids.

Why? Because, it usually works. When many other strategies fail.

Of course the abovementioned bribery can and does come in many guises … often we call this type of ploy a ‘reward’ or ‘incentive’ when being upbeat, and at other times it’s just a plain, old ‘threat’. Essentially, it is what it is.

No matter the label, there’s a very common denominator, I think you’ll find, and that is the underlying premise in each case follows a very simple pattern, and looks something like this …..  IF (blah, blah, blah) THEN (yada, yada, yada).

Do any of these scenarios sound remotely familiar???

IF you tidy your room, THEN you can go to Sally’s place ….

IF you have your bath now, THEN you can watch the telly ….

IF you wash the dishes, THEN I’ll stop nagging you ….. (well, if you’re lucky!)

Supervising Little Miss’ dinner tonight, I may have stumbled on my best bribe-material yet ….. and it worked an absolute treat!!! Better still I’m thinking it’ll keep on going strong for a good few months yet!


 IF you don’t eat all of your carrot, THEN I’m calling Santa to tell him  ….

Mean? Well, maybe!

Tears? A few!

Did she eat all of her carrot? Hell yes!

Now, I know you probably do it too …. so c’mon, hit me with your very best EVER bribe! I’m looking for some fresh ammo!

Linking up this Tuesday with Jess at IBOT! It’s esstentially awesome – so is Jess, I’ve met her, I’ve got the book – and you can find her and it here -  Essentially Jess!


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9 Responses to “A bribe by any other name ….”

  1. Lydia C. Lee Says:

    our eldest looked like a throwback from Hair the musical, and my partner bribed him with some beats (?) headphones if he got a haircut – ironically we were in Malaysia at the time so instead of $200, they were $30 (and had spelling mistakes on the box..as you do, but we didn’t realise until after the purchase). He looks so much more handsome now…not that I had an issue with the hair, but my partner did.


  2. Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me Says:

    Ahh yes, I bribe my daughter all the time. I use the santa one quite often. Another that works a treat is ‘If you don’t do such and such, then I’m taking Teddy away from you’. Heaven forbid I take away teddy. She can’t live without him, so this one really helps.


  3. Lisa Says:

    When trying to persuade my then-three year old to finally give up her dummy, she successfully negotiated with me in return for ditching the dummy, if I would buy her a personal CD player of her own, as her elder sister had one and she really liked it. We shook on it,and the next day I presented her with a cheapo one from K-Mart, and the dummy was duly handed over. A done deal, and definitely worth the $15 cost!


  4. meagan Says:

    HHAha – heck yes – bribery is the ultimate – and i think every person looking after a child does this at one point or another.. ie every.single.day.

    When i was nannying i definitely used the Santa one A LOT.

    I’ve also used teeth fall out if not brushed, same for hair… this is possibly inappropriate but when you have a 3 year old with longer than shoulder length hair who refuses to brush it.. the big guns come out!

    Ive used tooo many to think of haha



  5. kim @ spiritedmama Says:

    I don’t bribe any more – one star meant one good deed – and 20 stars on the star chart meant a book – but all of a sudden i was being requested to put three stars on for a deed, then four … suffice to say it eventually went out the window but she still got a book ‘cos i love her reading … i think i need to start again. well done you. :-)


  6. Janet Says:

    With Miss 16, all we have to do is not let her go out until “whatever” is done – she is a social butterfly and that drives her mad! LOL love being the evil mummy mwa ha ha ha ha …

    Visiting from #TeamIBOT xxx


  7. Emily @ Have a laugh on me Says:

    Ha ha you crack me up! I don’t think I have ever uttered a sentence without a BRIBE! :)
    As mums, there are very few tools as effective :)


  8. EssentiallyJess Says:

    I don’t bribe! Or try not to. There are consequences for actions but I try to make obedience something that is done out of respect, not fear of punishment or hope of reward.


  9. Me Says:

    I can’t remember any bribes that we used to use – generally it went along the lines of – “because I am the Mom and I told you to – when you are the Mom then you can tell someone else to do xyz” !
    Have the best day !


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