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Easy Ways To Motivate Kids

on October 28, 2013

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Motivation is the key to learning success. It is the “why” of learning, the incentive and inducement to move your kids to action. Children’s motivation often varies depending on the people involved, the setting, what the task is, and of course, what it involves. The real key to developing  your kids’  motivation is to find out what motivates them.  As a parent, you are most essential to the development of your children’s motivation. You can make a difference in their attitude toward learning at home and school, and encourage their interest and perseverance in the tasks they undertake. 

Here are some helpful hints to help develop your young ones’ motivation:

  • Provide a loving, accepting home environment.
  • Be concise in your guidance. Use as few words as possible.
  • Give positive feedback often.
  • Set a good example. Be interested and interesting on your own learning journey!
  • Build on your children’s strengths. Down play any challenges.
  • Parallel schoolwork with their outside of school interests. Use analogies when appropriate.
  • Help your young ones to set attainable goals.
  • Provide structure and organization to help them attain their goals.
  • Always offer 2-3 choices when asking them to begin a task.
  • Emphasize progress made along the way.
  • Reinforce behaviors that are desired. Downplay any negative attitudes.
  • Choose rewards with your kids that are congruent to their interests. If you don’t know wht motivates your kids,  just ask them. They will be sure to tell you.

You have the power  and strength within you to motivate your children. Remember, the past is were you learned the lesson. The future is where you apply it. Don’t give up in the middle! Your kids will be all the better for it. They may even thank you one of these days…..

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