Do report card rewards work? Circle of Moms member Jen G. ponders this question after hearing from her son’s teacher that he’s been having behavior issues in school, such as turning in assignments late and talking out of turn. "We’ve tried grounding [him] from the computer, video games, TV, etc., but that doesn’t seem to work," she says, asking the Circle of Moms community whether incentives would provide better motivation for him to improve his behavior and get better grades.
Evelyn W., too, is on the fence about offering payment for good report card grades. "While I think it's OK some of the time to reward for good grades altogether, I think it’s not teaching the kids that hard work is reward itself," she says. If you're similarly weighing the merits of offering your teen or tween money for good grades, then consider the following suggestions from other moms.