Bribe your way to 5 a day?

12/19/2013 09:07:00 AM
Tom Karst

The Medical Express article pointed out the best argument against bribes related to parenting is given in Alfie Kohn’s 1999 book “Punished by Rewards.” Kohn says in his books that promising “goodies” to kids for good behavior only produces temporary obedience.

In my view, schools must build a better “offer” for increased servings of fruits and vegetables to be successful. Give kids salad bars with a lot of options, with better quality fruits and vegetables. Schools must also work to more completely educate kids on the value of fruits and vegetables in the diet before we should consider bribing our way to 5 a day.


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