Specialists from the SuperJob job search service conducted a study to find out how Russians motivate their children to study well. It turned out that children are most often praised or given gifts for their success in school.
The results of the study showed that 43 per cent of parents encourage the success of schoolchildren with praise, and 34 per cent limit themselves only to verbal motivation. In turn, 15 per cent of parents praise their children with gifts, 14 per cent give them money, and 9 per cent organize entertainment for their children (a trip to the zoo, water park, or cinema).
In addition, 6 per cent of parents praise their children with sweets, 5 per cent buy whatever a child wants, and 2 per cent allow playing computer games or watch TV longer than usually. Also, 10 per cent of parents come up with their own ways of praise (walking together, Internet restrictions removal, or cancellation of household chores).
However, 10 per cent of parents do not encourage their children to be successful in school at all. Some of them believe that their children love to learn and do not need additional motivation, while others are convinced that good learning is a child’s responsibility and does not require encouragement.
It is specified that fathers more often than mothers give their children money to encourage their success in school (16 per cent versus 12 per cent of mothers). Mothers, in turn, are more likely to choose praise (44 per cent versus 41 per cent), entertainment (11 per cent versus 6 per cent), and treats (9 per cent versus 3 per cent among fathers). Gifts come equally from both parents (15 per cent each).