No, I wasn't raised during the Great Depression! I was the 4th child and by the time I got to jr. high I already had three older siblings who were also getting straight A grades and it was all my parents could afford. With seven classes each quarter, it should have be $1.75, but for a perfect report my parents threw in the extra quarter and gave us a flat two bucks.
It was a coveted prize at my house.
I remember during my 7th grade year I was so excited to get my $2.00 because I was planning to buy my very own laundry basket! (I know, I was a weird kid...)
Flash forward to my own kids.
We never paid our children for good grades. We set a standard of excellence and expected them to do their best and we have rare
ly been disappointed. The rewards have come from other places like scholarships for the older kids and more rapid payouts like Krispy Kreme donuts who give a donut per A up to six each quarter. They even give them to elementary-aged kids!
A few years back I also discovered that Zion's Bank here in Utah gives $1.00 for each A all through middle and high schools. Add this up...$7.00 per quarter, 4 quarters in a school year times 6 years adds up to $168 just for being a good student! I'm sure there are other places that pay out as well, so honestly I never really thought about paying the kids for what they should be doing anyway.
Until last year when Taco was in 1st grade.
Bossy encouraged him to bring me his excellent report card so I could make a big fuss. Well, as a grandma I thought I should probably give him something to show him that I was proud. So I presented him with a candy bar.
|The Dog Walker is an excellent student!|
Suddenly I had a revolt on my hands. My own children read me the riot act about how I never gave rewards for grades so why would I do it for the grandsons? To appease the masses, I simply bought a few more candy bars and passed them out. The problem with that was when the next quarter ended, they all expected the same treatment!
So now I just plan for it. I pick up a dozen candy bars (in case I eat a few!) and have them ready on grade day. It's not a big deal, but it makes them happy.
What about you, do you have an incentive program at your house?