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Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is the host of Parental Discretion on NickMom as well as the author of four books including Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay and Naptime Is the New Happy Hour. She also hosts the podcast For Crying Out Loud.

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Bribery 101

By Stefanie Wilder Taylor |

I believe the deliciousness of a snack food can be measured by its ability to inspire my kids to listen to me. The stronger the influence over behavior (read: bribe tool) the clearly tastier the treat.

Here’s the problem: My kids are shockingly immune to a lot of typically great negotiation tools: cookies, gum, soda (my kids hate it) and most shocking, Halloween candy. One would think that a plastic pumpkin full of left over Halloween candy would have given me a lot more traction getting my kids to get things done. But one would be wrong. My kids are pretty over everything Halloween from their costumes to the rest of the mini Kit Kat bars. Even though there’s plenty of candy left, I’ve been forced to move on to bigger and better.

So with the holidays coming up, the kids have been extra rambunctious in the evenings. Let’s take a moment to acknowledge that I just used the word “rambunctious.” Am I a grandma all of a sudden? Honestly, who uses the word rambunctious besides little old ladies seated at the next table at Coco’s. “My word your children are certainly rambunctious, aren’t they? And when is that waiter coming back with my red snapper?”

Today I bought a bag of Hostess frosted devils donettes –and then I subtly pulled them out after dinner as if it were no big deal.

Turns out I found my new bribery tool. Elby ate three faster than I could say, “You may have two” and Sadie scarfed down a few herself.  So later, I told Elby that if she wanted to, she could have a few more for breakfast the next morning if she cleaned her room right now.

“So are you saying I can’t have donettes for breakfast if I don’t clean myroom?” she asked.

“That’s exactly what I’m saying.”

“Okay, then I’ll go clean it cause I really want some of that chocolaty goodness for breakfast.”

“Well then it’s a win win, Sweetness.” Would it really be this easy? And it was.

Check it out -leave me a comment and “like” this post on FB and I’ll randomly pick three winners to get free donettes!

P. to the S. Thank you Hostess for sponsoring this blog post. Their yummy yummy donettes and everything else have their own fanpage on Facebook go check them out because I’m sure they have coupons!

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9 thoughts on “Bribery 101

  1. Ivy says:

    Please Fed Ex me some of that deliciousness to Singapore! I am only able to bribe my kids with seaweed flavored pastries and shrimp flavored Pringles. I am pretty sure you can figure out that does not work on my clan.

  2. Rebecca says:

    OH but have you tried the chocolate devils food chocolate frosted hostess donettes? Those, my friend, are the most divine of chocolate donettes.

    AND, it’s not called bribery. It’s called negotiating with the terrorists.

  3. Maggie Berta says:

    Theres not a parent alive that hasn’t bribed their kids with sweet deliciousness from time to time. Not every parent has the guts to admit it though. Thanks for shedding a light on this. SHE CLEANED HER ROOM FOR CHRIST’S SAKE, it can’t be that bad!!

  4. Lucrese Wilder says:

    Oh, you were serious about mailing those treats.

    Well, let’s have them delivered to my mom’s house and call it “Happy Birthday/Merry Christmas” present.

  5. Debra says:

    Apparently, I still respond very well to bribes! As for my kids, the bribe that works is Smarties, which is awesome because an entire roll gets me 10-15 bribes.

    In fact, I may have overheard someone say, “For every photo I get of you smiling, I’ll give you a Smartie.” I won’t name names but if you get a holiday card from us, you will see it is effective.

  6. shawnkathleen says:

    I need a delicious donette like I need a hole in my fat head. I just wanted to say that I’m loving all of your posts. Keep up the fab work, SWT.

  7. ElissaKatherine says:

    Hey Stephanie:

    Thank you for your honesty here, on your own website, and on the highly addictive, feel good podcast – For Crying Outloud! (fomerly the Parent Experiment Podcast.)

    As a fan since your first appearance on TPE as a guest, you’ve got a reader & listener for life.

  8. [...] those Hostess donettes I was carrying on about the other day? Well, the day after I bought them, Sadie ate three of them for breakfast along with a turkey [...]

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