Hello! It’s report card time around here, and I promised my oldest son a bit of incentive. This may not be for everyone…my husband doesn’t exactly think we need to pay our kids to do well in school. It’s their one real responsibility…but then there’s dear ol’ ma.
I feel like he works hard both here at home and at school. We don’t pay him to help haul fire wood or plant the garden.
We don’t pay him anything…for anything.
He’s ten, so there’s just not a lot of opportunity for him to make money.
I promised him compensation for a good report card because my straight A student has quite caring. He has been so frustrated this year, and it seems like the more he puts in the worse he does. His teacher has been absent more than would be tolerated for any student, he has been sick…really sick…a few times this year and missed 10 days himself. I guess I just feel for the little guy.
In my head I would only be rewarding another great report card, maybe tainted by a C in math, but then I found out that there would likely be a…I don’t want to say it….D. He got a zero on a math test right at the end. They are taking a lot of tests on their new laptops and I guess it was a computer induced error, but his teacher reminded him that if he’d looked over his work before he sent it, which he swears he did, he would have caught the mishap. Hard lesson learned (if you’re wondering, the mama bear in me is clawing her way out, dying to go straighten this out b/c I know for a fact he aced everything else about the topic…it’s like the first thing that’s really clicked from the start in a while!)
We looked at the pre-card stats on the school’s website and Daddy was super unhappy…so was I. Wrestling was put on the chopping block (which has been everyday and I’ll really be glad when it’s over anyway!) pending the final report card, and wasn’t about to pay the boy to bring home barely passing grades. It seemed that the dreaded D was overshadowing those A’s.
Yesterday I told my mom about the now botched plan and how disappointed my son was going to be and she said that she would have him pay ME for any D’s or F’s. Genius!
I wrote up a fee schedule to review with Dad for final approval, but then my son came home with his report card a day early. I hurried him into the kitchen armed with fives and tens and went to work before Dad came home because…um…I didn’t want him to tell me no.
At first my son wasn’t happy. The prospect of having to pay me wasn’t in the original agreement. But then we saw that D had happily became a C+. Yay! I have C’s down as no reward or loss which at first he contested, but once I started throwing down bills he conceded that it was fair. He was also relieved that they get U’s instead of F’s so he wouldn’t ever have to worry about that one….I told him I would change that…turd.
I’m going to change it a bit from the above pic for the final printed copy (we don’t have any others in school yet, so it wasn’t important to change yesterday…he’s in fifth this year) but it will be:
K thru 2 A=$5, B=$3, C=$0, D= -$3, U= -$5
3 thru 6 A=$10 B=$5, C=$0 D= -$5, U= -$10
I haven’t decided if middle and high school will have different brackets or not…it depends on how well he’s doing and what I can afford! $20 A’s with three others in school might be a bit much. By then he’ll be able to acquire cash in other ways, too.
He was thrilled with his cash…$35.00 in all and it was a lot of fun to get the corresponding bill instead of just giving him say a twenty + whatever. We didn’t compensate for specials…P.E., music, art…that type of thing. Only actual subjects except for citizenship. If he were misbehaving in any of the specials, classroom or anywhere it would show in that grade.
My husband was actually happy with the system, but reminded me that he could in effect make $200 next year if he has straight A’s all year. I said with any luck he’ll owe us $200. Just Joking!! I hope he gets back to mostly A’s and the occasional B…even if it costs me!
‘Til next time!