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Paying for Grades: What to consider before promising your kids cash for A’s

Published: Friday, July 31 2015 8:09 p.m. MDT

One parenting issue is whether or not to pay kids for good grades and when it is and isn’t appropriate to offer monetary rewards for behavior. (Shutterstock) One parenting issue is whether or not to pay kids for good grades and when it is and isn’t appropriate to offer monetary rewards for behavior. (Shutterstock)

Our take: Parents want their children to succeed in school. But when children are struggling academically, is it appropriate to give them a financial incentive? Here are some questions parents should ask themselves from Time Magazine.

As the school year begins, family conversations may turn to how friends spent their summer break, the back-to-school fashions that are hot this year and — oh yes, grades. While talk about vacations and blue jeans won’t generally cause conflict between family members, grades can be a tough topic — especially if a child’s performance in school doesn’t meet his or her parents’ expectations.

When it comes to grades, I also hear a great deal of debate among parents about how to motivate their kids to do well in school. What surprises me is that for some, the carrot isn’t as much orange as it is green. When a friend of mine recently admitted to paying her son for good performance when he was struggling in school, her choice was met with mixed reactions from our other friends, ranging from disbelief to praise.

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