Our first bleg: Request for child rearing nudges

The first bleg to our readers had to come at some point.

Have you discovered or created any tricks for raising kids based on the ideas in Nudge?

Something like a computer login that asks your child if she’s finished her homework yet?

4 Responses to “Our first bleg: Request for child rearing nudges”

  1. Chris Says:

    I agree with this. Since reading your book, I’ve been trying to find nudges for my two boys – 5 and 3 years old.

    One thing I did was for the 5 year old. He doesn’t respond to time-outs for correcting behavior. Every morning he gets three coins put into a jar. When he isn’t behaving, I give him one warning that I will take money out of the jar. If he continues, I take a coin away. Repeat as needed. He is loss averse even though he doesn’t fully understand money yet. It doesn’t always work, but it is more effective at times than time-outs are.

  2. Tristan Says:

    You should look at Joshua Gans’ book Parentonomics – and his related blog “Game Theorist”. An economist commenting about child raising.

  3. Barbara Preuninger Says:

    A really simple one: Leave pre-washed grapes, strawberries & other fruits on an easy-to-reach shelf in the refrigerator. So when they come home from school ready for a snack, it’s an easy choice.

    The down side is that this is a lot of work for the parent!

  4. John Says:

    Our 2 year old is already more hooked on TV than I’d like, and I have to admit my own part in it. It’s far too easy to just say yes when he asks and enjoy the 30 minute break of “TV as babysitter.” So, I’ve started keeping TV remotes in another part of the house, away from the TV. It’s not a huge hassle to get them, but it’s just enough work to get me to pause and say no more often.

    (Yes, sometimes it’s us parents that need the nudging.)

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