Report Card Rewards

I dont reward my daughter for her good grades on her report card. Call me a mean Mom. To me, thats a compliment. Her reward for good grades are just that, her grades.

Library report card--5th grade

Image by rochelle, et. al. via Flickr

You see, my daughter understands that she has to go to school. She enjoys learning because it is something that weve instilled in her since she was a baby. I read to her as an infant, we surrounded her with educational and fun toys, we took her everywhere with us. She had a library of books before she was born and a library card before she could read or write. Shes been to story time, parties, childrens festivals, parks, plays, etc.

When she began school, it was a huge deal for all of us and we let her know that this was her job. We are involved in her school work and her school. Her homework and studying comes first before TV, telephone calls, playing games.

Believe me she has fun! She loves being on the computer, playing video games, reading and playing with her friends. She gets to enjoy all those things in moderation. And many of the rewards she gets for good behavior at home include these things.

We also dont push her to get good grades, but to try her best and to enjoy the process of learning. If she has a problem with something in school, for example, math, we find some games to help her with it. I let her teacher and the school reward her for her grades. I love her for her effort and for her curiosity.

I do understand that there are circumstances when rewards for grades are necessary so this is not a post to judge anyone who uses them for their children. This is what I have done with my daughter is now 22 and in graduate school and will continue to do with my 10 year old daughter because its what I believe is best for us.

What do you do with your children when they get they good grades?

Contests and Giveaways 4/2/09

Here are some giveaways and contests online for you to take a look at. Be sure to visit the blogs or websites and follow the rules. Have fun!

First Juice from Mama Money Savers. Ends April 9th.

Two books, The Voice and The Angel of Wrath from the Ramblings of A Texas Housewife. Ends April 16th. Open to US and Canada.

Crayola Assortment Pack from Mom Reviews. Ends April 8th.

An Ipod Nano from La Vie de Laurie. Ends April 17th. Really unique contest!

Homeschool Curriculum from Sweeps4Bloggers. Ends April 13th.

Custom Made Bookmark from Confessions of a Stay At Home Mom. Ends April 9th.

Easter Basket Toys

Here are some cute toys that will fit into your childs Easter Basket and put a big smile on their face:

Toddlers will get a kick out of the Easter Potato Head, Spud Bunny. He is made for children ages 2 and older. This Ages and Stages toy from Playschool is adorable, helps your child be creative and use their imagination. As with all the  Potato Heads, there are individual parts to attach to his body. For Spud Bunny theres bunny ears, bunny shoes, a tail and a pink nose. Of course all the parts can be stored in the compartment under the body. No need to worry about lost parts. It fits into a large Easter basket. Make it the main toy, add some candy and youre all set.

There are bunnies for boys and girls. The difference is the in the color of the ears, nose and small nose on the slippers.  Once you buy one of these toys, you can just buy the sets of Parts and Pieces  This gift can start a collection for your child.

Littlest Pet Shop toys are really hot. Big and little girls collect them. They are made for Ages 4 and up. But my 10 year old thinks they are the cutest. And because theres an online world for them, more tech savvy girls are collecting them. You can buy a two set package like this one here. This one is Sportiest and there are other categories like Funniest, Sassiest, Messiest. You can buy play sets, accessories and even digital toys. Start off Easter and Spring with something brand new for them to get interested in and begin collecting. Youll make your daughters day!