These 7 tips will help keep your children motivated in school and everyday life.
- Allow them to explore what they’re interested in. Children have wild imaginations and it’s easy for adults to try to place their children in a box to help shape and mold them into what they should do and be. If your children express interest in reading, writing, or video game coding, then give them a chance to explore the things they feel drawn to and give them the necessary tools needed to learn more. It will be fun for them, allow them to try something different and help them to explore beyond their comfort zone.
- Set high expectations for them. Teaching your children the value of hard work and rewarding them accordingly will motivate them to put forth effort and try their best. Set guidelines that your children have to follow so they can learn routine, discipline, and the benefits of completing important tasks. Your child does not just know how to do certain things; you have to teach them. Ground rules are not to punish your children, it’s to teach them discipline, respect, and responsibility, which will stay with them long after they are out of school.
- Help them develop great study habits. Children are extremely impressionable and sometimes school, classwork, and dealing with friends can be a lot for them. Sit down with your child to help them stay on track and identify a quiet place where they can study and complete homework with no distractions or added stress. Overtime, these repetitive habits will help them develop a great work ethic. Let them know that play time and extracurricular activities are off-limits until their work is completely finished. That way they will get in the habit of taking care of business first.
- Applause their efforts. Whether really small or super big, give your child applause when they accomplish something. As a parent, showing them praise will boost their self-confidence and help keep them motivated at home and throughout the school year. If there is a subject that your child really excels in, give them tools that will help them improve even more. Find related websites that they can explore, or give them an interesting book that they will enjoy reading.
- Be a positive influence. Being a positive influence in your children’s life will allow them to see a great example to follow in their everyday lives. As a parent, you are the first example and the most influential person in their lives. Talk to them about school, life, friendships, and help mold them into exceptional, respectable children.
- Allow them to make choices. Allowing your children to make certain choices will help them feel as if their opinion is valued. Start by asking them what sport they would like to play or what activity they would like to do for fun; this will also help them to make their own choices while in school and most importantly, in class.
- Be willing to listen to your children. If your children go to a traditional public school, then chances are they spend a nice amount of time away from home with other children and adults. At times, children face problems at school that they do not know how to verbally express to their parents. Ensure you are listening when they are trying to tell you something. Listen, ask questions, and most importantly, keep them full with motivation and positivity so they will learn how to handle school accordingly, with your help.
In order to make a difference in the lives of your children, you must breathe life into them and help mold them every single day! Although there will be unexpected issues that arise, being present with your children every step of the way will guarantee success in every aspect of their lives.