You might wonder why the topic but let me start with this story which I think would help you to understand the reason behind this topic.

As a child, as soon as we enter the amber month as we call it here in Nigeria (this are months from September to December), My parents starts preparing for Christmas. They tell us to be of good behaviour so that we can win their hearts into buying us new things for the celebration. As Africans, we are not taught about Santa Claus. We only watch those on Television (for those whose parents can afford one). I have to be of best behaviour both at home and in school just to make my parents get me a new dress for Christmas.

In the western part of the world or let me say the Developed countries of the world know Santa Claus.  Before holiday sets in, parents are known to tell their children to be nice in order to get a present from Santa when he comes on Christmas Eve. Being nice meaning you have to be of good behaviour to your parents and to other children without that, no present for you on Christmas day.

With these two different views,  I will want to think that parents are Bribing their children in order to get them to be of good behaviour.We fail to tell them the truth about Christmas. We make them believe the they have to be good to get a reward in Christmas which is not ideal because they may not be genuinely be of good morals. We have to teach them the need to be good, loving and kindhearted. The Santa Claus we all know today is a man called St. Nicholas, who live in the forth century in a place called Myra in Asia Minor (now called Turkey). He was a very rich man because his parents died when he was young and left him a lot of money. He was also a very kind man and had a reputation for helping the poor and giving secret gifts to people who needed it. He did all that and never expected a reward.

The reason for this season to to show love and kindness to everyone around us. As parents, we should teach our children to love and be kind to others children around them irrespective of the status, race or colour. We should also teach them to share just like St. Nicholas who shared all he had to put smile in the faces of the poor around his.  So with these values in them, we will not have to bribe them to be of good behaviour.



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  4. Shelly Jefferis, who parents three children in Valencia, Calif., says she tries to shy away from bribes. But she and her husband will occasionally slip their kids a $1 reward when they do something special without being asked. “We try not to make a habit of it, though, so they don’t come to expect it.”

  5. In essence, when you’re giving bribes, says Linda Gordon, president and CEO of Gordon Training International, the child gets the following message: “That activity must not have any intrinsic value — you must have to pay me to get me to do it.”

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