Paying children for good grades is a controversial topic that has been debated by many recently, and it’s hard to know which side to choose. What are the advantages? What are the disadvantages? Having just graduated high school, I can say I’m incredibly happy my parents never paid me for my good grades; it taught me responsibility, the value of success, and how good it feels to reach your goals all on your own. Here are 10 reasons you shouldn’t pay your children for good grades.
Giving your child a nickel or a dollar for all A’s on their report card in kindergarten is much different than forking over a $20 bill every time they do well on a test in high school. So, if you start rewarding your child for good grades from a young age and then suddenly stop when you feel they’re older enough to take on the responsibility themselves, they’re likely to do worse. Since there’s no longer a prize for their hard work it’s possible they’ll stop seeing the point in trying at all — and that’s not beneficial to anyone.