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Bribing with Food

Managing Children's Behavior: Overview

All kids act out from time to time. Testing rules and limits is one way they learn what is acceptable. Children's acting out can be frustrating for parents. The strategies parents use to get their children to behave have been found to have lasting effects on their ability to regulate their behavior later in life. Thus, managing children's behavior is one of the most important parenting jobs, and can be the most frustrating. To avoid the frustration in the short term, parents may be tempted to use food to bribe kids for good behavior, or even reward good behavior with food. Teaching parents ways to manage children's behavior can reduce their need to use food as a reward.

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