Is it wrong to manipulate small children using reverse psychology?

Question by Cosmodot: Is it wrong to manipulate small children using reverse psychology?
My niece and nephew wear me out sometimes. They used to try to get into my room so they could snoop around so I told them I didn’t care, but they needed to watch out for my pet alligator.

With the room half-dark I wouldn’t have been able to carry them in if I wanted to.

Is that a bad thing to do as a last ditch effort?

Best answer:

Answer by pwnchu
That’s not really reverse psychology. I dont think it will scar them for life as long as you dont put on an alligator costume and freak them out repeatedly.

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6 Comments so far »

  1. Lanham said,

    Wrote on January 15, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

    You have to protect your privacy and sometimes kids just do not respect boundaries. Whatever works, short of flat out cruelty.

  2. icemaster1500 said,

    Wrote on January 15, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    its neccesary at times, other wise they’d mess up ur room big time

  3. Melissa said,

    Wrote on January 15, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

    I wouldn’t do it on a regular basis, but as a last ditch effort, go for it.
    ROTFL…that’s pretty quick thinking!
    If they are older than three or four, they should listen to a rational explanation, like, IT bothers me when you’re in my room, can we find something else to do? An then set them up with something else…in the living room or kitchen. Have special board games they can only play if they ask you. etc etc.

  4. ♥Kristen + 1♥ said,

    Wrote on January 15, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    lol Sorry that made me laugh. It doesn’t necessarily sound like reverse pyschology to me, but more like a scare tactic. I would say its wrong to use either, but I do participate anyway. :) (On my neice.) More than likely, you will not damage them for life by something like this. They will grow up and know that it is bull and it will be a funny story for years to come.

  5. firedup said,

    Wrote on January 15, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

    with little kids, use whatever works. usually some sort of punishment is best. because only then do they learn that there are consequences for wrong doing. sit them down and explain why you dont want them in your room and then explain the consequences. do not back down when you have to enforce the punishment

  6. your chinese horoscope said,

    Wrote on January 15, 2012 @ 8:36 pm

    haha! that’s hilarious! i don’t see anything wrong with it at all! in fact, it’s a very kind way of keeping them out of your room compared to the things i used to do to my younger brothers.

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