Parents who are readers use so many hours of our lives when our babies are young to read to them. We buy them books, do the voices, and pray that one day, they will love to read, too.

There are so many things vying for our kids’s attention these days, though, that sometimes, despite our best efforts, reading isn’t at the top of our kids’s list of priorities.

Father David Woodland thought he’d found the perfect solution by paying his son $1 for every book he reads. Dad gets his son reading, and so what if the kid thinks he’s making out big time?

Everyone’s happy.

Well, it turns out that after David’s tweet racked up half a million likes and caught like wildfire on Reddit, that’s not exactly true.

Some people think he’s wrong to pay his kid to read, and also brought up arguments like he should be reading to his child, as well (even though he never said he didn’t).

Others suggested he was teaching his son that he should get paid for the things he should do anyway.

There was apparently some study that showed if you pay kids to do something, they’ll stop doing it without the money.

And some suggested he try instilling “a love of reading” instead of a love of money.

There were people who defended the choice, suggesting that the money would get them started, and hopefully a love of the thing would follow.

Including some with fancy degrees.

And others who agree that one thing can easily lead to another, and not always in a bad way.

As for David, he never expected things to go viral, and he’s taking all of the unsolicited advice and feedback in stride.

He told Bored Panda that he thinks the $1 per book is a great investment, and that he’d be willing to pay him the same forever, if it keeps him reading.

“If the rate stays at only $1, I would fund it for life if it kept working! The benefits of reading a book can change people’s lives.”

Amen, sir, and keep up the good work.

Let’s all take a page from David’s book, too, and remember to take other people’s opinions on how we raise our kids with a grain of salt.

Easier said than done, but we can try!