5 Ways to Reward Kids For Good Behavior That Don't Involve Food

Updated: Sep 19

"You can have ice cream if you finish all your homework."

"I'll give you a lollipop if you sit in the dentist chair."

"We will stop at McDonald's on the way home if you behave in the car."

Do these sound familiar? Let's face it, these are sweet bribes or sweet treats as rewards for good behavior, but what message does it send your kids?

Many moms struggle with this reward system on a daily basis. You're trying to navigate the waters of parenting tips as best you can. At times, it feels impossible when the temper tantrums begin. You pull a lollipop out of your bag handing it over to your little one in the hope to soothe his sorrows and bring about a better disposition.

But is this a good practice?

According to Science Daily, "Parents who use very overly controlling feeding practices with their children, such as using food as a reward or a treat, could be unintentionally teaching their children to rely on food to deal with their emot