I heard an idea the other day that John C. Maxwell has done with his children that we will most likely be pursuing with our children. Him and his wife paid their children to read books! I think this is such an awesome idea.
My perspective for a while has been to not pay our children to do chores, but I always questioned it, because it’s what everyone else is doing. I believe our children need to help out around the house because they are part of the family and don’t need to get money to do it. I do want my children to learn how to handle money that they receive. So, to give them money to encourage them to read is a wonderful idea- enhancing their brain, broadening their ideas of what they want to pursue or grow in life and giving them a REASON to read. (I’m not at all against or look differently at those who do pay their children to do chores. Go for it. I just believe this is the route that my husband and I will desire to take for our children in a few years.) Since my husband and I love to read and see the benefits of it, we have a strong desire for our children to read a lot.
So, we would let the child pick out the book with some boundaries from us as the parents- books that would help them spiritually, help them in an area they need to grow in, or teach them in a skill they want to learn more about. John Maxwell said that at dinner time, they would sit around the table and discuss the books they were reading. After the child was done reading the book, he/she must write a half page summary of the book, hand it in at dinner time, and then they would receive their payment. They paid the child what the cost of the book was. Because of this, John Maxwell grew a desire to read. He is now doing this with his grandchildren… it had all started with his parents.
I believe it will be worth the investment for each book we pay our child to read. The lifelong wisdom, insight, ideas and growth that is developed in the child will be priceless.
Has anyone tried this with their children? If so, how has it worked out for you?