Getting kids to cooperate

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I think it depends on the situation. As an example, my second grader in their homework, they have all this homework that they have to do and then they have another page that says, challenge; right? Well, my daughter didn't want to do it. I mean you don't have to do it. It's optional; right? So that's a good example. I really want her to do it because why are they sending it home. They must want her to do it but they tell her she really doesn't have to do it. They want them to be self motivated to do it. Well, okay, my daughter, maybe she doesn't love homework as much as the next child and when she's done with the pages that she has to do, she has no interest in the challenge. So even though the experts these days, the people that talk to us say, you know, don't bribe your children. That's not good. That's not how you should give your kids incentives to do things. Well, my theory is all those people have older kids, and guess what? When they were young, they bribed them. So when I tell Sophie, oh, really, you don't want to do it? If you do it, guess what? You might get candy even when it's not candy day. And believe me, it's done. It's in her homework. She's happy with her piece of candy on her way to school.

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D'Lynda Kaplan

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D’Lynda Kaplan is originally from Texas and has been living in Los Angeles for 15 years. Prior to motherhood, she worked for over a decade at Universal Music Group. She is the mother to four children all under 10 years of age - which means she has a very busy household. In fact, when it comes to hobbies, she only has time to do two things other than parenting: eat and exercise!

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