Tips to help you earn some peace on your travels 24th August 2016



We have all done it. You walk into that museum, or cathedral, or music performance, or any number of things where you really want to take some time to enjoy it. However, you also know the little ones may get bored in five minutes or less and ruin your fun. So you throw the good parenting handbook on the proverbial fire and offer them a bribe for good behaviour. But if you are not careful this can back fire on you in a number of ways so here are a few tips on how to bribe you child effectively.

5 Tips on bribing your kids for good behaviour: Be clear on the rules



To avoid any arguments or disappointment on both sides you must set clear and understandable rules for what constitutes good behaviour. This should be simple such as no running off, moaning, screaming or ignoring your parents.

5 Tips on bribing your kids for good behaviour: Set a realistic time frame



Be realistic about the time frame you set on the good behaviour. How long do you think they can keep it up for? The answer is more likely to be in minutes than hours so don’t aim too high.

5 Tips on bribing your kids for good behaviour: Set limits on the reward



You may think that something from the gift shop is clear enough but trust me it’s not. Set a limit on the cash value of the prize to avoid any arguing in the shop or paying out more than you had in mind. As an example this lovely knight cost me an eye watering 20 Euros! It’s nice but not worth that much.

5 Tips on bribing your kids for good behaviour: No good behaviour, no reward



You have to stick this otherwise they will know that Mum and Dad always give in no matter how badly we behave.

5 Tips on bribing your kids for good behaviour: Keep your side of the bargain



Be sure that when they do deliver, you do too. Give them that reward otherwise they simply won’t trust you next time.

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