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Actually, I wouldn't mind gettng onions as a holiday gift. I find them delicious.
Actually, I wouldn't mind gettng onions as a holiday gift. I find them delicious.

Bribing kids with holiday gifts

I admit it – I’ve done it. When my kids acted like jerks, I suggested that they were going to get bricks and onions in their stockings. And you know what? It worked. It stopped them in mid-meltdown.

"But I don’t like onions," my then-3-year-old son said.

"Then pick up your blocks," I said.

Variations of this scenario have gone on at Ye Olde Snyder household in early winter for years now. And even though the parenting books warn against bribing kids at any time, bribing seems to be the most tempting – and let’s face it, the most effective – during the month of December.

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