Lie to your kids to make them exercise?

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Lie to your kids to make them exercise?

  • Matt Phillips

    This is the opposite of a relationship based on trust. And surprise, surprise – it’s a government ad about how to raise your kids.

     

    Sorry to bring things down, but I just saw this on TV and it made my blood boil a bit.

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  • Cathy Cuthbert

    Pretty revolting. This sort of brings up the idea of manipulating children, I guess instead of “discipline.” The book Punished by Rewards is an excellent book that reveals the dark side of bribes. We read it very early on in our parenting adventure and believe it helped us. Generally, manipulating children either by punishment or rewards is dishonest and will come back to cause bigger problems later on,  although I still can’t totally rule out misdirection as a tool. Hmmmm.

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      Matt Phillips

      Thanks for the book tip! I’m going to have to check it out.

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    Daniel Davis

    Bribe them with chocolate and soda to make them exercise.

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    Sean Ridlon

    The wife got the kids to exercise today like this:

    “who wants to go to the river?”

    Kids:

    “I do, I do!”

    her:

    “Great! Get on your socks and shoes and meet me outside!”

    Kids ago outside and mom is already waving from the end of the driveway. Kids run to catch up and next thing they’re all walking a two mile round trip down to the river.

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