The diploma exams and other finals that our teens face are no joke. For many students, they require countless hours of reviewing class notes and studying. This is especially true for students who value high academic achievement and are on the path towards university. Here at Esxoss Manway, we’re fortunate to get to meet many young Calgarians. They come in with their friends or families to test their brains against our escape rooms, so we’re glad to see so many parents are embracing a locked-room adventure as a reward for their teens doing well in school.
Rewarding academic excellence is part of being a good parent. For many high achieving teens, it can feel like everyone is accomplishing the same things and performing as well as they are. This make sense. Many of their friends are going to be striving towards the same goals, so they won’t necessarily see how far ahead they really are for their age. As a parent, it’s up to you to show your teen that they are exceptional and that they’re successes are worthy of celebration.
Avoid Material Rewards.
While a new videogame or sweater can seem like a good reward on the surface, we recommend a fun outing that includes the entire family. Rewarding your teen’s success with a material good can make less proficient siblings feel jealous. However, bringing the whole family out for pizza or for an escape adventure demonstrates that the success of your teen relies on help from your family and that their success is to everyone’s benefit.
Memories Last Forever.
More and more, we find things become obsolete extremely quickly. Electronics are constantly being replaced by the next, improved model, and clothing comes in and out of fashion every year. When it comes to rewarding your teen’s excellence, you don’t want to give them something that will end up collecting dust or thrown away when they inevitably move out. That’s why the experience of puzzling their way out of a locked room with their best buds or family is a vastly superior reward. The memory of figuring out the next step of their escape will stay with them forever, and they’ll be able to look back at the photos of dinner in ten years and recapture how it felt to be 17 again.
For many honour roll teens, parents have begun to expect high grades and forgotten the work and skills that go into achieving academic success. Not every student comes home with 80s or 90s, and it’s important to remember that just because your teen has always performed well in school, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t express your pride in their continued success. If you want to show your teen how impressed you are by their hard work, contact Esxoss Manway today, and book an escape adventure that the whole family will enjoy.