Was at Little Athletics the other week and overheard the following conversation:
Kid (about 10 to his mother): "Mum, I got a PB (personal best)."
Kid: "Where's my 10 bucks?"
I spoke to the mum afterwards and apparently she gives her kids $10 every time they get a personal best at Little Athletics. She reckoned that they were reluctant to do some of the events so this is how she got them to participate.
I've since discovered that this is not uncommon.
I am stunned! It is not something that would have occurred to me. Some of the events don't interest my girls, but I just tell them they have to do them until Christmas. After that, if they still don't want to do them, then they can skip those ones.
I'm not sure that even paying them to participate or as a reward when they get a PB would make any difference to them. I'm not sure how motivated they would be by this. I'm not willing to do it though!
What do the rest of you think? Would you pay your kids to get them to participate in things / motivate them to do better?