“Why don’t we do that in our family?” she asks.
Should parents offer rewards for good report cards? Not as a general rule, advises Lawrence Kutner in Your School-Age Child. “I often tell parents that a reward should be the icing on the cake, not the main meal,” he says. In other words, you want to make sure your child continues to focus on her schoolwork and not on the reward.
Here’s a suggestion: offer a smaller reward based on your child’s effort. Tell her if she studies for an hour every day for a week, she’ll earn a small reward.
For example, you might take her out for pizza, rent a video, or allow her to have a sleepover with a friend. These small rewards will offer an incentive, but will keep your child’s attention on the most important thing—what she’s learning in school.
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