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Video: Why Not to Bribe Kids

“If you empty the dishwasher right now, I’ll give you a dollar.” Does this sound familiar? We’ve all done it: offered our kids little bribes–and maybe even threatened to take away privileges–to get them to do what we’ve asked. Here’s why we might not want to do this, even if it works.

Special thanks to the Quality of Life Foundation, which made this series possible.

Cross posted from the Greater Good Science Center.


  1. Nicole says:

    I have been reading the book drive and it totally supports what you are talking about.  The worst is how we bribe kids at school and I think it is affecting the love of learning 🙂

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