7 Bribes for 7 Year-Olds

What’s better than a hot bubble bath, quiet house, giant mug of hot chocolate and a worn-out paperback in your hands?  Kids listening and actually doing what you want them to do.  And how does that happen?  Bribes Rewards. Work hard, play hard is a good motto to live by. So, I reward.  When it appears a tornado has blown through the house, wreaking havoc and chaos, I think of how I can bribe my family to get what I want and start picking up the mess.

When my seven-year old declares her dislike for reading or voices her desire to get her back-handspring in gymnastics, I think of how I can bribe/reward her.  And just like magic, it works.  We simply write the goal, post it up in the kitchen and figure out the reward.  That’s when I go to my bag of tricks and pull out the reward that best applies.  And then we get to work.  Life is all about working for something.  If my kids want something, they need to work for it. And with the reward system we have in place, I don’t hear too many complaints.

Today is your lucky day!  I am going to share my “bag of bribes” with you that are sure to win over your seven-year old and help you get what you want and help them get what they want.  It’s a win, win all around!




Do you reward your kids for a job well done?  What rewards do you use?


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