Parents admit promise of sugary treats helps kids behave

More than two thirds of parents own up to using food as a reward while 53% say they ‘bribe’ their kids with sweet snacks

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Mums and dads have admitted that when it comes to getting their kids to behave, sweets and chocolate are often their  answer.

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In a survey carried out by discount website MyVoucherCodes, 67% of parents polled said they use food as a reward for their children’s good behaviour. Each of the 1,197 parents that took part had children aged between 2 and 6 years old. Nearly half said they used sweets and chocolates as a reward while just 7% used fruit to encourage their children to behave.

Mums and dads found that by encouraging good behaviour with a sweet treat, their children tended to continue to be good. Plus, 29% revealed they use food because it’s cheaper than buying toys.

But it isn’t just rewarding kids that’s got parents turning to the fizzy drinks and crisps. Of those polled, 53% admit to using food as a bribe. When asked to elaborate 78% of these parents said it was when they need their child to behave. 

Do you turn to the treat cupboard to reward or ‘bribe’ your children? Does it work?

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