Jennifer Pearce

Hi there! My name is Jennifer and I am one of the newest members to MomTalk and JustKiddin'. I am a 40-year-old mother who works outside the home. I live with my husband of eleven years and our two young daughters. After being a stay-at-home-mother for six years, I re-entered the workforce when my husband was briefly unemployed. When he returned to work, I chose to keep working due to economics and the age of my daughters at the time. I now work as the advertising manager of a community newspaper and appreciate how working has gotten me much more involved in my community. However, I often miss the opportunity to spend more time with my daughters, or to volunteer more time with their school and activities. My older daughter is a 10-year-old fourth grader, and my younger daughter is a 6-year-old kindergartener. Their many activities and my husband’s complicated work schedule make scheduling our number one family challenge. He works a rotating shift in a retail store that includes many nights and weekends. We struggle to preserve our time together as a family and make the most of it, while still finding time to accomplish our individual goals and pursue our favorite interests. My interests include reading, writing and photography. I love taking family photos and completed a Project 365 in 2010, taking a photo a day for the year. It was a wonderful experience to document our life for a year and appreciate all the little pieces of it. I am currently working to put the 365 pictures into a scrapbook…if I can just find the time. I look forward to sharing our journey with you here on JustKiddin'!


Local Businesses that Offer Grade Incentives

To pay, or not to pay…for a good grade is the question. We have never paid our children for good grades. To do their best is what is expected. Being involved with your children can definitely ensure great grades. I recently read that although money may motivate some students, experts believe it sends the wrong message to children and that praise and encouragement are just as important.

However, there are many local businesses that compensate children for good grades and these may be something you want to check out:

  •  Krispy Kreme Donuts. In most areas, Krispy Kreme (the retail donut stores only) will give your child a free donut for an “A”.
  • Limited Too. On their website, Limited Too (a clothing store for “tween” girls) states that they want to “congratulate girls on receiving outstanding grades.” Report cards with passing grades must be brought to a girl’s local Limited Too store within 30 days of when she receives it. The girl will receive $5.00 off her purchase that day.
  • Blockbuster Blockbuster will give one free movie rental for A’s. The movie must be from the “kids” or “families” category.
  • Chuck E. Cheese Chuck E. Cheese locations give away free tokens for good grades. They accept all types of grading systems, and will give away a maximum of 15 tokens. Currently, an “A” or equivalent is worth 3 tokens, a “B” is worth 2 tokens, and a “C” is worth 1 token. Note: You must make a food purchase for this offer.
  • Sweet and Sassy in Wilmington recently advertised a free polish change or make-up application for A’s and B’s on report card.
  • Family Video They give out a free rental in the summer for A’s on a report card. The child must bring their final report into his/her local Family Video store.
  • Logan’s Steakhouse, Pizza Hut, Sonic, Dairy Queen, McDonald’s are all certificate providers to schools to offer incentives for high performances.

Remember, that the above list is subject to change at any time, and may vary depending upon where you live. There may be local businesses in your area that reward good grades.   Some schools give out rewards at report card time such as free meals to local restaurants.  Please make sure you verify before trying these offers as not to upset your child or be disappointed.

Interestingly enough a money magazine quoted, attorney Jon Gallo, a father of three and co-author with his therapist wife, Eileen, of “The Financially Intelligent Parent: 8 Steps To Raising Successful, Generous, Responsible Children as saying, “Rewarding good grades with money is really a gray area. Some psychologists believe that paying for grades is a bad idea because it substitutes an external reward — money — for an internal sense of satisfaction and therefore interferes with developing a work ethic.”

Do you compensate your children for good grades or is it expected?  How do you feel about local businesses that offer incentives for good grades?

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