As a parent, it can be difficult to keep motivation high in a child. Children can become distracted or unmotivated, and they might have a hard time staying on task and performing the job they need to do. When you sense your child’s motivation lagging, it’s time to amp up the activities to show your child that staying motivated is beneficial.
School-age children receive an almost continual supply of information during school hours, so it is imperative that they stay on task and focus on learning. Stay involved in the units your child studies in school, asking regularly about classroom activities and projects to show your enthusiasm and interest. Try role-playing with him by pretending that he is the teacher and you are the student. Ask him to teach you what he learned that day in school, suggests the Scholastic website. By giving your child this opportunity, you help reinforce what he learned and you let him show off to you a little in the process.
Worksheets and artwork may accumulate with children. Instead of tucking this tangible evidence of your child’s efforts away, try featuring them on a spotlight board in your home, suggests Mary Mayesky, author of “Creative Activities for Young Children. “ A large bulletin board mounted on the wall in a central location would be ideal. When your child brings home completed assignments and artwork from school, hang the pieces on the bulletin board to showcase his efforts. Make a point to notice and comment on each piece, providing praise and positive feedback to motivate your child’s continued efforts.
As your child completes activities and makes efforts throughout the day, capture these moments on camera. Keep your camera handy to enable you to snap photos of your child engaging in a variety of positive activities. For example, as your child sits and completes his homework in the evening, helps Dad clean out the garage, works on soccer skills, takes the dog for a walk, gives Grandma a hug, ties little brother’s shoes, finishes a school project or begins learning how to play the piano, be ready with camera in hand. As you capture these photos, make a photo album or scrapbook to journal your child’s continued efforts and motivation. Keep the album available for your child to peruse whenever desired.
If your child is developing his many talents, this work often requires ongoing motivation. As often as possible, find opportunities for your child to share and demonstrate her talents. When you have visits from family or friends, encourage your child to play a song on the piano, show off a new painting or share an award or certificate earned for skills or performance.
- Scholastic: 10 Ways to Motivate Your Child to Learn
- Creative Activities for Young Children; Mary Mayesky
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