Also, John-Heath, on days he remains on "green card" at his school, is treated by the AP at my school to a snack and drink from the concession stand set up each afternoon during bus duty (he usually picks a Yoo-hoo and peanut M&Ms). If he has received a yellow card during the school day he may still wear his tie and blow his whistle calling students to their buses but he is not allowed to carry the real walkie-talkie and he receives no snack. Amazingly, on days when he receives a yellow card (like today) he is not that hungry in the afternoon. You've heard, "It takes a village to raise a child." Well, that is certainly the case with my son.
In addition to the above mentioned prizes for good work and behavior, we also, on occasion, pay our children money. Now I realize there are some out there who may have strong feelings against this but here are a couple reasons why I tend to think it can be a good thing.
1. I am regularly paid for my job, as are all working adults. We stress to Ren (a sophomore in HS) that her job is that of a student. Of course, we want her to enjoy school and have fun along the way with her friends, but while she is in the classroom and when assignments are due her number one priority is being the best student she can be and doing the best job on her assignments she can do. No, she doesn't always heed our advice but when she does I feel she deserves to be paid for that effort.
Don't you just love how easily Spiderman blends with Buzz and Woody? I hope I'm not the only one with kids in mismatched pj's.
2. Now, while payment doesn't necessarily need to be in a monetary form, I find paying my children cash instills in them the value of a job well done and also fiscal responsibility.
From time to time there are "wants" my children have (not to be confused with "needs"). Those new pieces of track needed for Thomas and friends or more tunes for an iPod are more readily available if they have been saving those dimes and quarters and dollars. And you know what? Sometimes, they've decided that an item they've just been dying for is not really worth parting with their hard earned money. Okay, let me clarify something - Ren has made decisions in the past to refrain from spending her money to buy certain things. John-Heath is still a work in progress.
The trunk in the background is the one I bought at the school carnival. It was made in his kindergarten class and is painted with the handprints of all his little classmates. His is the green one that is visible.