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Parent to Parent Several summers ago, I went through a lot of trouble to set up a reward system to get my three kids with summer homework to complete it “as intended” throughout the summer. I got them each a little jar, which they decorated, went to the bank and withdrew $150 in dollar coins, and gave them each weekly goals that would result in reading and math summer homework being complete in a timely manner. If they met all of those weekly goals, they would get a total of $50 each throughout the summer.

Well only one of those three kids earned more than a few of those coins, and I resigned myself in future summers to just setting aside the last weekend before school starts to push people to get their summer homework done.

I gave a non-committal answer, but a few days later, when we were at Target, she brought it up again — “We need to get a jar for my summer homework!” So I bought the child a jar. It’s bigger than the last time around, so dollar coins aren’t going to be the best choice. That will at least save me a trip to the bank, because we’ll use quarters and dollar bills instead of dollar coins.

Now, two of those three will be in high school next year, and they no longer have summer homework (thank goodness!). So Haylee is the only one this year, and she also happens to be the one who actually earned a substantial amount a few years ago - not the full $50, but over half of it. That’s because Haylee has always been good about doing the reading portion of her summer homework — not the writing that goes along with the reading, whether it’s a book report, chapter summaries, etc.  — and definitely not the math portion. But she loves to read, so she does complete that pretty quickly.

And as expected, after the first weekend, Haylee is almost a quarter of the way through her book. But not “as expected”, she has also been keeping up with her online math assignments every day! Let’s hope a few dollars a week can motivate her to keep that up!

Well, as this school year was coming to a close, something triggered Haylee’s memory about that experiment a few years ago. She came to me and said, “I’ve decided not to wait until the last week to finish my summer homework this year, even my math. So can we please do that jar thing again?”

Until next time,

Jennifer

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