Do you think that report card grades need to be rewarded with money?

While I think it is okay some of the time to reward for good grades altogether, I think its not teaching the kids that hard work is reward itself. I never got money for my grades.
What do you think, moms? Would you reward ?

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    07/13/14
    4Ariel LaCoste
    I personally dont think that the reward system is good in any situation. It teaches the child to work for praise and then they tend to lack motivation if there is no compensation involved, be it stickers, verbal praise, rewards, snacks, whatever. I thought this was a good read on the subject http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/ror.htm
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      07/13/14
      I never got any money for grades. My daughter is 11 and I've never given her any money as an award. She's always happy to see the good marks. She doesn't expect to get any money or gift for her good grades because she's never gotten anything. She assumes, like she should, that it's her responsibility to do well in school and she is proud of herself when she does. I've never used any kind of reward system for her though, not when it came to potty training or anything like that. No toys, or stickers or candy. Kids should do these things because it's required of them not to earn something, whether is money, a toy, a prize of some kind, is irrelevant, it's still a reward of some kind which has no place for doing something that you should. I think some people just do it because its an easy way to get kids to do what they want them to do.
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        07/13/14
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          07/13/14
          5Jen
          The way we do it is, no money just praise. If one of our children received a C, but tried for that C, I would still praise them. We believe that if anyone of our children is struggling in a class, they have to stay after, do extra credit, no extra tv, or iPod time. But I know a lot of parents who are not skimpy with the money when their kids get A's! Oh well, my kids will have to settle with hugs and high fives! :)
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            07/13/14
            No money to rewards kids on good grades. I agree that the hard work is reward enough and the benefits of their hard work is seen in their grades and report cards along with the self determination, the good study habits that will help them in higher education should they choose to pursue that, etc. I think rewarding kids with money when they get good grades sends mixed messages of: I get money when I do the things I'm suppose to do. So kids start expecting and thinking, "What's in it for me?" I think they lose the point of working hard and working towards something. What about pride? I want to teach my kids that they are capable if they put effort and are tenacious about working towards something.
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              07/13/14
              diane
              Paying your child for good grades is bribery. Children should try their best and parents should accept their child as he/she is; not as the parent would like their child to be. School comes easy for some children but is very difficult for others. Sometimes one sibling in a family easily excels while another struggles. Would you really give a bribe to one child for doing well but not the other just because that child couldn't 'make the grade' . I for one would assume you moms on here are thinking the answer to this is 'no'.

              With that said I am all for encouraging your child to do his/her best. Even telling the child 'everyone has different talents/strengths. some people are really good at getting A's and others are only able to get C's. I will love you the same no matter what your grades. All I ask is that you do your best." I'm also in support of having an end-of-the-year party to celebrate a successful school year. ie: going out for ice cream, going to the water park the kids have been 'dying' to visit, etc. You can define success any way you want. I define it as everyone learned something new and is going to be in the next grade next year. (Even kids who have to go to summer school to get to the next grade counts as success due to the child being able to do extra work to get to the next grade)
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                07/25/14
                Danielle Keltner
                Rewards for potty training did not work with my daughter. She still wants to be a baby with her two younger brothers. We may not reward every A, but will take the kids out for straight A's or something similar. Though this decision may change over the years.
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