During dinner last night,my eldest appeared to be exceptionally happy and all excited about getting straight As from his next year government examination. I was excited about his enthusiasm and i thought to myself may be i have done some magic in him from our previous "talking session" so i deserved the credit too.
Much to my dissappointment,it was not me that spured him to wanting the straight As, damn it it was the $$$$$$$,yes you heard it right, the money. His grand mom promised to reward him with RM700, and my sister pledged to give him another RM200, if he managed to score straight As. Excitedly he asked "Papa, how much would you give me,if i scored straight As" calmy i said to him " Son, papa will only give you a big hug and a pat on your back and say to you "well done son,you've made yourself proud, surely there will be no monetory reward coming from me" i assured him that. Nonchalantly,he noded as if trying to tell me,what can i do you ar my dad.
As far as i am concerned, i am a staunch believer in not associating monetory rewards with study or for that matter, school examinations. I would regard this as a form of enticement or inducement to our children to achieve( I am sure they could) something that they ought to be doing,because it is their responsibility.
In my opinion,if you instill the lure of money in their effort in achieving the best,then the meaning and the essence of study for excellence will be of no significance at all, i might be wrong in having such a thought but i dont my sons to correlate money with study, that's for sure.
P/S. Teach our children the value of money not the power of money........