Bribery & Corruption – Toddler Style!

Every parent knows that bribery goes alooong way when dealing with a toddler! Struggling to potty train? Introduce a bribery reward system. Battling to get your toddler to eat? Offer them a bribe reward!

Offering Ava a reward for a task completed has always worked very well for us, whether it was getting her to use the toilet or getting her to eat her dinner. If there was a reward offered, you bet she’d do it. Initially stickers on a chart worked really well but she soon tired of that and it was no longer a great reward for her, so when being offered a sticker for eating her dinner, she’d give me a rather bored look and wander off.

Then I had a moment of pure genius! Rayman Raving Rabbids!

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And I remembered that in our warehouse we still had left over figurines from the last release of Rayman Raving Rabbids. A quick call to the warehouse and I’d organised a bulk box of these cute around-the-world figurines.



We started using them as a bribe reward for Ava a couple of week’s ago and the results have been astonishing! Within a couple of days her potty training was sorted! And dinner time is no longer a supreme battle of wills.

Me: Ava, if you eat just ONE smackaroo, Mommy will fetch you a bunny!

Ava: nom nom nom Dewishious! Lets get a bunny!

We now have a collection of these funny little bunnies everywhere, in the bath, in Ava’s bed, even chewed up in the dogs bed!

But they are working, they are the ultimate in bribes rewards for her!

The only time this bribe reward system appears to be failing is getting her to poop in the toilet! We are still struggling with this and I am still spending time each day, dry heaving with toilet paper wadded in my hand, scooping poop out of her pants!

What bribery reward system has worked best for you?





  • Beth

    July 18, 2012 at 9:36 am

    We aren’t quite at the reward/bribery stage yet. But if Lion Cub doesn’t want to eat I put yoghurt on the front of the spoon and his dinner behind it so that the first thing he tastes is yoghurt, which he loves.

    Goodness, it starts so young.

  • Spiritedmama1

    July 18, 2012 at 11:13 am


    I don’t use a reward/bribe system. I just give him a look. And until now it appears to be working. But I must admit that I have bribed with movies before.

    On the potty training: He’s happy to make a poop in the toilet but not a pee…. Sigh. … I’ll just stick it out and hope that by the time he reaches adolescence, he’ll be off the nappy completely. Albeit, last night he made a pee in the potty?

  • Pandora

    July 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Disposable gloves were my best friend during that phase. With us it literally clicked from one day to the next. We went to stay with my in-laws one weekend, and she just went and did a number 2 there, and from then on not another accident.
    Other than that, bribery, corruption, or we can call it motivation…Helps at clean up time, bed time, bath time etc.

  • Angela

    July 19, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Okay so where do we get these bunnies from, I’ll try anything, I’m also in the potty training stage and Erin is fine, Thomas however is resisting which is making me think that even though he’s a year older than Erin, he’s not really ready.

  • Laura

    July 19, 2012 at 11:54 am

    With Cameron it is money – even when he was little.

    With Kiara – nothing! I can get away with stickers or pretty stationery for a week or 3 at max but then she looses interest and doesn’t want it enough to actually do what I would like *sob*

    Jack is still a little to small but I am hoping he follows in Camerons footsteps and can be bribed!

  • TJ

    July 19, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    This is the part where I’m kinda glad that X doesn’t understand rewards yet. But at the same time if he did it might make some things a little easier!

    Those Rabbids look pretty awesome! Good thing you thought about that! Such a clever Mom!


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