A recent article in the New York Times (1/13/13) reviewed the literature on the value of bribery in child rearing. You know the drill—if you stay in your seat for 5 more minutes, stop fighting with your little sister, or stop crying you can have an ice cream sundae for dessert—or some variation on that theme.
All parents resort to bribery in moments of crisis. I remember when my 3-year-old spirited child needed a monthly blood test. I quickly determined that a chocolate bar administered orally during the blood test would result in a better outcome. It worked like a charm!
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