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How to bribe your kids?

Marginal Revolution

From Gareth Cook, here are some tips for how to make the bribes work and avoid the undermining of intrinsic motivation:

Based on what is now known, Pierce and others suggest a set of guiding principles.

Choose a specific, positive behavior. “Have at least three bites of a vegetable every dinner for a week.’’ (Good.) “Don’t annoy me.’’ (Not good.)

Choose smart rewards. Work with your kid to...

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