3 Tips and Action Steps To Motivate Your Child


994622_571045569629289_1849325913_nDo you find yourself battling with an unmotivated child?  Now that the school year is under way, lazy summer days have been replaced by early mornings, long hours of school, and afternoons filled with sports and homework. Some kids welcome this change, eagerly tending to their new responsibilities and tasks.  Others are not so interested. They put in minimal effort, give up when things get too hard, and may need lots of reminders and persuasion to get anything done.   There are a lot of negative consequences to a lack of motivation: grades decline, homework battles ensue, teachers and parents grow concerned, confused, or downright frustrated.

But there is hope. These tips outline specific actions you can take to increase motivation and inspire your child for a successful school year.

  1. Find out what your child is learning at school and make it fun!  Watch movies and have conversations related to the books he’s reading in class.  Visit museums to explore social studies and science concepts.   Get crafty with math — cooking, building, art, and sports are all great ways to explore simple and complex math concepts. Help him understand that what he’s learning in class relates and connects to the real world.  When you’re excited about what your child is learning and show an eagerness to explore concepts in a natural and fun way, he is sure to liven up!

  1. Discover your child’s learning style and support it! There are three basic ways in which we learn – visual, auditory and kinesthetic.  While most of us learn through all three, individuals tend to have a preferred style.  If your child’s learning preference isn’t obvious, give him opportunities to explore. There are also many online resources that can help you identify the way in which your child learns best. Once you know your child’s preference, provide a structure of support at home and school. For example, if your child is a kinesthetic learner, he learns by doing, so find ways to include movement or hand-on experiences.  Simple stretch breaks are great for kinesthetic learners. A visual learner could create a poster of the week’s lessons — colorful spelling words, pictures that illustrate math concepts and support reading comprehension.  In class, he should be given access to visual aids, such as diagrams, charts, and mind-maps.  An auditory learner benefits from using books on tape, poems or rhymes to enhance learning.  He may also benefit from hearing music while doing his homework.   If you can help your child identify his favored learning style, it will enhance his academic performance and get him more interested in learning.

  1. Encourage your child to be resilient. Resilience and motivation go hand in hand. A resilient child has an ability to overcome challenges in ways that maintain or even promote his self-esteem and wellbeing.  When he believes in his strengths, he can recover more easily from setbacks. One important way parents can support resilience in their children are by celebrating and encouraging the development of their child’s unique skills and talents. Celebrating what makes your child unique reinforces a positive self-image and boosts his self-esteem, two important ingredients for resilience and motivation.

Motivating your child can be a daunting task and these tips are a great place to start. Once you discover what works, make it a habit, share your strategies with your child’s teacher and celebrate his wins!

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