Ask the Expert: Should I give treats as a reward?

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Q: "When my three-year-old daughter's upset, or if she's been very good, I sometimes give her sweets or a biscuit as a reward or treat. Is there anything wrong with doing that?" A: Dr Claire Farrow of Aston University recently co-authored a study into parents' feeding practices with Dr Emma Haycraft of Loughborough University and Jackie Blissett of the University of Birmingham. Dr Farrow says: "Using food as a distraction because a child is upset on the odd occasion may have little impact on the child. However, if a child is given a biscuit or sweets every time they're upset, they may learn [...]

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