So as the title suggests - I'm curious to know people's thoughts on using food as rewards or incentives for "good" behaviour. For example - promising a sweet treat if a certain task is completed in a timely manner and when first requested.
I have tended to consciously avoid doing this on any kind of regular basis as I have food issues and didn't want my children to have the same. But quite frankly in thinking now - jelly beans really are a five year olds currency... I'm so over the battles to get ready, or go to bed, or do a particular job and today "resorted" to offering a jelly bean on the proviso all their dinner was eaten and they got ready for bed quickly. That was all I said and not only did miss 5 eat her dinner she asked for seconds and then got ready for bed in record time and without being asked/reminded again.
I'm aware it could well have been the novelty factor... But.. I have a few friends who reward or offer incentives like chocolates etc to motivate independent activities like get ready on time etc. I've tried stickers and stamps etc, but as I said chocolate and jelly beans are her current currency.
What are your thoughts? Am I placing too much of my own (food) issues on to a simple strategy or am I correct in being hesitant to use food in a attempt to avoid future unhealthy dependency on it to feel like a job well done? Am I over thinking this just a little too much?