I was recently reading on some homeschooling forums about how different families deal with their children when the kids won’t complete their school assignments. It was really quite a trip! Some parents suggested the basic “take away” philosophy–as in free time, TV, activities, etc. Some got down to the core of a child–FOOD.
I think they’re on to something here. One mother suggested that when a child doesn’t complete schoolwork successfully–that is–to their potential, not PERFECTLY–she prepares that child’s favorite meal. When it’s time for dinner, the family sits down to enjoy it–but the “non-worker” gets a peanut butter sandwich and is off to bed immediately thereafter. I’M LOVIN’ IT!!!! I believe this approach is genius and will soon implement it into our routine. I have a certain child who lacks, let’s say, umm… motivation. This child however, purely rejoices over food. Tries everything, I mean–loves to eat.
I’m sure there are many out there–those oversensitive “how does that make the child feel?” types — whose approach is perhaps a bit more “negotiating” and tender than that of our household— who object to such an idea. I’m sure they have a really time-consuming fun way to get their children to make better choices, and I would be glad to hear them. But right now– I’m so prepared to go to it with my jar of Jif!