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How to Reward a Kid

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

I have a 16-year-old exchange student living with me. His report card came today, and he got "second honors," in spite of getting a D in his Bible class. The Bible class was actually a coup in itself, because he was failing and brought it up after I taught him how to look up Bible verses (why the teacher didn't see fit to teach him this, I do not know).

I think he deserves a celebration.

But what?

My SparkBud MEL_UNRAU wrote a blog about something similar today with her son:

But now I don't know what to do. I am, like, the least maternal person I know, so I'm at an even greater disadvantage than most. I'm more concerned about me than the kiddo. He's thin as a rail and isn't mine to raise. I think he's at an age where his psyche is not so tender as to be greatly affected by what his host parents for less-than-a-year do. And he loves my husband's macaroni and cheese (but really, everyone does) and his eyes lit up in the car when we told him we bought ingredients for pizza a few nights ago (WW TJ's crust and lots of veggies...not a nightmare). I don't know much else about his interests, except, well, watching horrible TV meant for 6-year-old girls. I'm in the process of moving, so taking him to a movie like MEL_UNRAU mentioned is not really an option, and anyway, I hate movies.

So is it okay to reward him with food? Especially food that I also like? And what are some other ideas?
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    What about renting a movie? Fun food and movie night could be a big hit! With a game too boot.. or 16 year old boy, take him and a friend to an Arcade and let them play while you sit back and read a book, or shop around near by?

    1948 days ago
    I think a food reward is ok - it's when every little thing becomes a celebration that it can be a problem. but it doesn't sound like you'll have that problem and neither will he. Also, I like Ruth's idea. What about Boggle (my personal fav)?
    1948 days ago
  • MARTY728
    1952 days ago
    Yes! Celebration is in order! I think it's fine to reward him with food, as long as it's not ridiculously unhealthy kinds & amounts. But what about a cool game? Bananagrams! He could have fun making crosswords in English & his own language!
    1952 days ago
    haha wait..TV meant for 6-year-old girls? Does he watch My Little Pony!? If so, buying him a My Little Pony toy would make his day.
    1953 days ago
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