Dessert if they finish their dinner.
Candy to buy a few extra minutes of peace & quiet.
Parents give food rewards to their children because it works……for the short term, plain and simple. However, the long term effects on the child may include poor appetite management, low self-esteem and distorted food control because they have now associated food with negative behaviour and/or pain. This learned behaviour could possibly leave your child with a potential food addiction which can carry right on through the teen years and well into adulthood.
There are many other ways to encourage your children to do what you expect of them without bribes, threats or rewards. Add more options to your Parenting toolbox so you are not left with food rewards as your only option.
5 of our BEST BEHAVIOUR Techniques
- Expectations & Routines – create routines throughout the day with your expectations in them.
- Visuals – create a chart, poster or picture for each routine & reference them throughout the day.
- Choices – offer your child at least 2 things to choose from instead of just demanding something.
- Follow through – what you say…..you do!
- Consistency - say & do the same thing each and every time the same behaviour shows up.