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Jedi Mind Trick: 8 Ways to Motivate Kids

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Avoid paying for appropriate behavior, warns Ellen Notbohm, author of 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism and Asperger's. This tells your kid you're willing to fork over money to stop her from acting a certain way. Eventually, says Notbohm, you'll be forced to "raise the ante" before she stops misbehaving, and "the time interval between payoffs gets shorter and shorter."