Motivating Your Child
Posted on February 21st, 2017
Motivation is a key element of success in all areas of life. Unfortunately, children may not be willing to do less preferred activities such as chores, activities, and/or homework. An unmotivated child may:
- have a negative attitude toward the task(s).
- need prodding and reminders to get started and/or complete a task.
- put in minimal effort.
- give up easily if the task is challenging.
- quit before the task is complete.
If you are having difficulty getting your child to complete tasks, the following tips may be helpful:
- Communicate with you child: ask them how they see their level of motivation in various tasks. Share your opinion based on your observations.
- Set achievable goals that are specific and write them down. For example: Jason will raise his math grade from 48% to 60% by next report card. (Share school-related goals with the teacher.)
- Develop steps to accomplish the goal: Jason will do math review for 30 minutes at the kitchen table Monday through Friday from 4:30-5pm.
- Measure successes: Jason will receive higher scores on his math assignments, quizzes, and tests. (Consult with your child’s teacher to monitor progress.)
- Keep a positive attitude about the goal(s) and encourage your child to do their best. Notice effort and progress: “This mark is your best this year! Keep up the good work!”
- Make learning interesting. For example: a child can learn math through baking, building-measuring, games, and activities.
- Discuss results and evaluate performance with your child. Do not focus on shortcomings, change the approach if necessary and set new goals as required.
- Use rewards appropriately. Praise and special time with your child can be very rewarding and motivating. Tangible items and privileges can also be effective rewards.
Research shows that work ethic is more important to success than ability. Those who apply themselves and persevere in spite of difficulty will develop skills necessary to achieve success in life. Motivation is truly the secret to helping children develop their greatest potential.
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Charmaine Sandulac, Counsellor