Should teens get an allowance for chores or good grades?

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Should teens get an allowance for chores or good grades?

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A lot of parents ask, should I pay my child an allowance? Or should I pay them money for getting good grades? A lot of teenagers share with us that they love getting an allowance because it means if they do the chore, they get rewarded. If they don't, they don't get an allowance. What's great about that is that it actually models a salary system for later in life. So, if teenagers do the work, they get rewarded. Grades are a different thing. If you are a parent and you are providing shelter, clothes, and food; teenagers should be expected to get decent grades, and to work and learn in school because that's important for their whole future. I highly recommend, and teenagers recommend, to reward them for working in the home, but make sure they always get good grades, no matter what.

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Vanessa Van Petten

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Vanessa Van Petten is one of the nation's youngest experts, or 'youthologists' on parenting and adolescents.  She wrote her first parenting book, You're Grounded, from the teen's perspective when she was just 17. After winning the Mom’s Choice Award in 2009, she launched her popular parenting website, RadicalParenting.com, which she now writes with 120 other teenagers to answer questions from parents on everything from communication issues to cyberbullying. Vanessa's unique approach has been featured by CNN, CBS Miami, Fox New York, Wall Street Journal, Teen Vogue, and many more.  She was also on the Real Housewives of Orange County helping the housewives with troubled teens. Her latest book, Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I'm Grounded?  won the Moms Choice Award in 2012. 

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