Compliments, say researchers, are a sounder currency than cash when it comes to motivating people.
I read this with interest. Efforts to bribe my children to perform basic domestic functions have failed. A carnage of Barbies obscures my daughter's carpet and flung socks and sweet wrappers track my son's progress through the week.
And so I changed tack. 'Your hair looks like Emma Watson's,' I told my 10-year-old, 'and you sing like Adele. Now will you wash up your supper things!'
The silence was deafening.
'You're always telling me not to act older,' she retorted at last. 'Well, washing up is what mums do.'
This week's prompt for the 100 Word Challenge is the silence was deafening. As you can see I am accustomed to this phenomenon. If 50p extra pocket money a week and fawning flattery don't work, what else do you suggest I try?