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A+ Parenting: 9 Tips to Boost Bad Grades

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Have a Healthy Reward System


The days of rewarding kids with money for As on their report cards aren't over. But setting up an ongoing, meaningful reward system throughout the school year can (surprisingly!) be a better motivator than "report card cash" or punishments for low grades. Work out a homework contract and some feasible short-term goals, such as getting four more correct answers on the next spelling quiz or aiming for 10 points higher on the next social studies report, as well as long-term goals like higher report card grades. Allowing kids to choose their own "experience" rewards (think: go-kart racing, a sleepover party, or a camping trip) rather than monetary rewards tends to be a great motivator.

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