Children don’t start out in life as balls of anxiety. As with anything, children will grow up confident, turn into insecure teenagers and then end up as confident adults. The key is to keep them feeling that confidence as far into their lives as possible, and the best way that you can do this is to teach your child how to motivate themselves. It’s a trait in people that is completely underrated. It’s so much more than feeling motivated to be in school on time for the day or getting out of bed in the morning. Children feel motivated until around the age of 7, then there is a shift after that whereby children need a bit more of a push to boost motivation.
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How To Boost Motivation In Your Children
This is why it’s so vital that they learn to motivate themselves to continue to do well. It may be something that comes from within, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give them a little push and a helping hand every now and then. There are plenty of ways that you can step in to help to motivate your children, and while their school can help with referrals to gifted assessments, you as their parent should be the person that steps in. Below, you’ll find several ways that you can give your children a push in the right direction.
You have to model the behavior that you want them to imitate. Encouraging your children to stay optimistic is a big deal. Avoid dwelling on setbacks and focus on the things that count, and your children can thrive.
Persistence Is Key
While success is nice, it’s not the be all and end all. Reward the effort that your child puts in as well as the successes, and they can feel motivated to persist with their schooling.
There’s nothing wrong with children knowing that they’ve failed, as long as you’ve taught them to manage their feelings. Accepting that something has gone wrong, and then learning where to move past it is so important for your child’s development.
In the same way you would help your child to manage their feelings when a failure happens, you need to acknowledge the achievements and enjoy it. Seeing your joy will give your children something to aim for.
Boost Their Interests
Whatever your child is interested in, you need to shine a spotlight over it. When you encourage your child to learn about their interests, you are giving them a reason to feel excited to learn. Try getting them cooking from start to finish and then marvel at their creation.
Helping your child to discover what they like is a big deal; your children can feel far more secure in their learning goals and they’ll learn how to manage their emotions through each success and each failure in their learning. All you want to do as a parent is to help your children to improve, and you can start by ensuring that they are motivated and feeling confident.
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