One of the most important things that you can do as a parent is to encourage your children to get good grades at school. Remember, however, that good grades may mean different things to different children even in the same household. While some may be capable of making straight A’s, others may struggle just to get a B. The parent should determine the definition of good grades for each child. Here are some special ways that you can reward and encourage children to get good grades.
Shop Until You Drop
Children always want the latest clothing and shoes, so talk to your child about what exactly they would like to own before the grading period even starts. Assure them that if they work very hard, you will get it for them. Some parents even find it helpful to find a picture of the item and tape it to the inside back cover of their notebook while others find it helpful to tape it above their desk. If the child earns good grades, then get the item for them as soon as possible. They will feel especially proud wearing it because they realize that their hard work earned it for them.
Pay for Grades
Before the grading period starts, tell each child how much you will pay them for bringing home good grades. For younger children, you may want to consider setting a lower amount and letting them earn it more often while for older children, you may want to set a higher amount for the entire grading period. You may even want to provide children with a backup plan in case you set the bar for the highest amount a little too ambitiously. Your children are likely to surprise you at how hard they work to bring home the dough. Of course, they will want to spend it after they earn it, so make sure to set some time aside.
Do a Special Activity
There are many special activities that your child may enjoy. For example, they may want to go to a ballgame, a museum or a theme park. Let your child know that if they earn great grades you will reward them with a trip to that location. You will both enjoy going as you spend time together. After the first time, your child will be encouraged to work even harder to get to do another activity with you. If you cannot arrange it in your schedule, then let the child know ahead of time that a grandparent or special adult will be taking them.
Go on a Date
Going on a one-on-one date is a great way to reward your child for working hard at school. Consider starting out with a great meal at a restaurant like Pickleman’s. Then, take them to do something they enjoy doing. Whether your child chooses pizza, salads or a sandwich they will eat it with great pride because of the hard work that they have put in earning it. Keep the conversation positive, so your child knows how extremely proud you are of them by the end of the meal. You may even hear them bragging to their friends about the special date that they had with you.
Just like you work hard for your paycheck, your child works hard to earn good grades. Use these ideas to reward them when they succeed to the best of their ability.