Reward – Not Bribery

Upate on our potty training….  We are still watching the “Potty Dance” that we borrowed from the library, I have renewed for another week.  The favourite dvd is actually called “Gotta Go”.  My toddler dances around the room to his favourite Me Potty Wotty song and it has been on his request list every morning after breakfast.  “Go downstairs, watch potty dance,” he will say.

Last week daddy brought home ice cream for a treat.  This was so special for our little guy, he has been talking about it ever since.  We don’t have any ice cream in the freezer so when he asks for it, he immediately states, “daddy bring ingring home in truck.”

I’ve decided I should use this one to my advantage.  The last few times that he has asked for ice cream, I have let him know I will buy him ice cream if he poops in the potty (recorded discussion with hiccups).   Can I really consider it a reward and not bribery?


2.  something given or received in return or recompense for service, merit, hardship, etc.


2.anything given or serving to persuade or induce: The children were given candy as a bribe to be good.
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4 thoughts on “Reward – Not Bribery

  1. Here’s my justification for rewarding…he has to poop BEFORE he gets the ice cream, if he doesn’t poop, he doesn’t get the ice cream, so no reward. Bribes are given beforehand hoping he will poop because he got the ice cream. This is what makes me feel better about it. 🙂

  2. I’m all for bribing/rewarding, whatever! What do you think happens when kids grow up? They are rewarded for working hard and doing well. If they are at the top of their game, who knows where the rewards will go! A friend of mine scolded me once because my son hollered out as a baseball game “Mom, if I hit it over the fence will you give me $5″… and I said “sure”… she was fuming, to which I replied “that’s what major league ballplayers do.. they get paid for hitting it over!” So reward away….

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