Not that I ever would, but *ahem* I have a friend who’s hypothetically considering it.
Say your kid recently switched schools and her new curriculum was suddenly extremely homework intensive. And let’s assume your kid would rather go play lego’s than work on homework. Because homework after a long day of schoolwork is dumb.
But let’s just say there was a way your kid could get out of 90% of that homework, just by passing a test that’s given every Monday morning. Wouldn’t that be glorious? No homework during the week, and more time to play! (also, so much more relaxing for everyone)
But in order to ace the test, your kid would have to study just a bit over the weekend so she would be prepared. Like, a solid hour or two, tops.
And your kid? She’s so smart and easily motivated by incentives.
So what if…
You enticed her to study by offering her a book of her choosing in exchange for a test well passed.
I mean, you would be bribing her with something educational. So it’s totally ok, right? And it would only cost you about $5 a week, but would take away so! much! stress!, which is worth it’s weight in gold and the end of an exhausting day.
And since your kid currently does not get an allowance, it would be a nice way for her to get something she wants, without you just going out and buying her something “just because”.
So is this a totally bogus idea? Is bribing a kid to study totally taboo and a huge parental no-no?
I’m asking for a friend, who’s dealing with a stressful (purely hypothetical) situation.