I have an almost 10 year old and a 3 year old. While the age gap is a big one, they actually share very similar behavior traits as of late. Both kids insist on their independence and require detailed explanations as to why they should comply when being told what to do. It's annoying to say the least.

A new survey compiled the 10 most common "parenting hacks" people use to get their children to do things. Any of these ring true for you?

1.  Telling them their teeth will fall out if they don't brush.

2.  Keeping them busy by getting them to do your housework with you.

3.  Letting them pick something at the grocery store if they behave.

4.  Getting them excited about dinner by having them help with the cooking.

5.  Asking them to read a page of a book before you read a page.

6.  Challenging them to a race to see who can clean up the fastest.

7.  Making them do chores before they get rewards.

8.  Telling them they can't have dessert until they finish their healthy food.

9.  Rewarding them with screen time.

10.  Giving them options that accomplish the same goal, like "Do you want to get dressed now or in a few minutes?"

For my older boy I am a fan of rewards for chores. I subscribe to the idea that chores should be done just because, but sometimes I'm desperate! Usually screen time and snacks do the trick. The toddler is more difficult to bribe (let's face it, that's what this really boils down to). Am I a monster for threatening to throw all the toys in the trash if they are left on the floor? That's what my mom used on me as a kid. Sometimes I think fear of losing something they like works better than a reward. But I think it also might have them in therapy later. Parenting is hard. Any tips? I'm all ears.


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