One of the big questions parents encounter when their kids start school concerns rewards for good grades. Should you pay your kids for good grades? Some parents do and some don’t, and they all have varying opinions. And even among those who do pay their kids for good grades, there are wide differences in amounts and household rules over it. Today we’re looking at this question, and the pros and cons of paying your kids for good grades.
Should You Pay Your Kids For Good Grades?
The answer to this question is really up to individual parents and what works best for their own kids. Some kids respond well to this kind of reward, but others don’t. All we can do is look at the pros and cons of paying your kids for good grades, and let you make the decision that is best for you.
Pros Of Paying Your Kids For Good Grades
If you have kids are into monetary rewards, paying them for their good grades can help push them to work harder.
- Your child may discover a talent for a class they aren’t enjoying, simply because they were given an incentive that appeals to them.
- If your kid has something they really want–a new bike for instance–paying them for good grades may be one way to help them earn the money for that item.
- Paying your child for their good grades can lead them to experience the sense of accomplishment that helps inspire them to keep working hard.
Cons Of Paying Your Kids For Good Grades
Paying for good grades doesn’t help every child do better.
- Not every child cares about money. Know what is likely to be a better incentive for your child.
- If your kids are already motivated to achieve good grades regardless of external rewards, don’t spoil it. The best reward really is that sense of accomplishment they feel from knowing they are doing their best.
- Some parents have set amounts for good grades, such as $5 for every A. For a child who is capable of straight As this is fine. But for a child whose best is a B or even a C, adjustments should be made so that child doesn’t feel less because they can’t reach the $5 threshold. Amounts should correspond to each particular child and his or her abilities.
So should you pay your kids for good grades? Only you can answer that question for your family. But whether or not you decide to do so, inspirational sack lunch notes are always a good idea!
Resource: Dear Teacher