"A gigantic hug and the words, 'We are so proud of you and the effort you have put into this quarter!' A lot of kids would prefer the hug and words of pride in a good job done then something material."
"When I was growing up, my dad worked long hours. One thing he did to encourage us to get good grades was if we made honor roll for one semester, he would take that child and one friend somewhere that we didn't normally go. Such as the lake, Six Flags, out to eat somewhere nice, or whatever we wanted to do, as long as it didn't cost a fortune. We really tried to get good grades because we really didn't see him very much and it was something special to go out with Dad."
"I'm only 19, and am still in school, so it's still important for me to receive praise from my parents for good grades. I think the best thing you could probably do is write her a nice letter congratulating her and telling her how proud you are of her accomplishments. I would venture to guess that a nice letter praising her is more likely to be treasured in the long run than clothes, money, or a night out on the town will be."
"My parents gave me a coupon that entitled me to one evening without a curfew, and I had one year to use it up. I decided to use it for prom; I had to tell my parents where I would be and if I was going to be out past 2:30 to call and give an update. I came home at 4:00, after having the time of my life at the after-prom in the gym. I had no problem letting them know when I was coming home or where I was, and I didn't do anything I wasn't allowed to do because I was so glad I got to choose my curfew that night. The next year my grade-point average went from a 3.5 to a 3.8!"