Just last week I had a parent ask me about the best ways to motivate her 9th grade daughter. Sheila was exasperated. She'd tried everything to get her daughter to care about her grades - from rewarding with prizes to punishing. The only thing she hadn't tried was paying for report card grades. She said her friends did it regularly and their kids seemed to be motivated. Sheila was open to anything that might help to turn her daughter around.
So the question is - should parents pay their kids to get good report card grades? And is this practice an effective motivator?