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14 Ways to Motivate Your Child

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Motivate your child with these 14 simple yet effective tips to reignite their enthusiasm and help them thrive in all areas of life – now and forever!As parents, we want to give our children the best that there is. It may be as small and insignificant as gifts or as crucial as pursuing higher education from an elite institution. In any case, it’s extremely important to allow your child to live their own life while empowering them to make the right choices. In this post, we look at ten different ways to motivate your child.

How to Motivate Your Child Tip #1. Empower Your Child

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The question is, though, how can you empower them and ensure that they are ready to make sensible choices? To start with, give your child an option to choose: if your child is of a young age, let them make simple decisions such as what to wear today or which fruit they want to eat; if your child is older, let them make more complicated judgments like which hobby to take upon or what to do over the weekend.

The sooner you start giving your child the freedom of choice, the more likely they will be able to make informed decisions in the future. There is no better way to motivate your child than to entrust them with the responsibility of taking care of themselves.

a. Teach Them The Power Of Negotiation

In the meantime, negotiations should also become a recurring activity in order to motivate your child. We suggest letting your child create his or her own experiences. Don’t do everything for your children; instead, offer them suggestions and solutions to their problems. Empower your child by teaching them the value of negotiating in order to get what they want.

For example, let’s say you want your offspring to do their chores. He or she wants to spend time with their friends instead. Teach your child how offering to do his or her own chores and something extra could mean they have an extra hour to spend with their friends later on. This will definitely motivate your child to do what they have to do in anticipation of the reward.

Our point here is that even though you could do things for your loved ones, it’s better to let them learn and grow as they go along. Not only does this help your child experience a sense of higher self-confidence and accomplishment, but it also helps motivate your child and prepares them for today’s world.

How to Motivate Your Child Tip #2. Create A Reward System

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We know, we know… using rewards to motivate your child is like promising to give them what they would have eventually, right? Well, it  is not going to be as easy as it seems.

Children learn how to manipulate and get what they want from the day they are born. Every time a baby cries, his or her mother runs to the crib to rock it until the little one falls asleep. Over time, the baby learns that crying means getting what they want a lot faster! It’s a basic example, but at the end of the day, all children want rewards for their efforts or just for being there! You have to be smart and use it to your own advantage to motivate your child.

a. Positive Reinforcement (Stickers)

A little bit of psychology here: positive reinforcement means rewarding someone for doing what was asked. If you ask your child to finish their homework before dinner and they do so, you giving them praise would be considered a positive reinforcement.

It is also a great way to motivate your child to do more. From our own experience, stickers work wonders for younger children! They get excited every time you pull out your sticker sheet and the sheer volume of the stickers they could get is a wonder and a deep desire to your kids.

b. Positive Reinforcement (Time)

Another powerful way to motivate your child is to give them your time. It may sound obvious but your child cannot wait to spend quality time with you; he or she is excited about showing you their new toys or something they’ve learned at school. 9 out of 10 times, you will think you don’t have time to play silly games, especially if there is that project at work that you have to work on or that dinner you must prepare.

However, giving your child an assignment or a task you want to have done and then rewarding him or her with your time is the greatest appreciation you could provide. Of course, we would all love to tell others and ourselves how we always find time for our kids, but the truth is, life gets in the way and we don’t always get to spend enough time with our family members. Hence, we have to create those opportunities.

c. Punishment and Why NOT DO It

A few words of caution, negative reinforcement and punishment used to be extremely popular in the past few decades; however, they are no longer considered effective ways to motivate your child. In fact, it can be detrimental to your relationship. What do we mean by punishment? In psychology, it is defined as taking something away when the child doesn’t behave in your desired way.

You may think this will motivate your child to behave better in the future, but this approach is not effective.  Some parents still insist on taking away computer privileges after the child misbehaves. This sort of reaction may temporarily give you control over your child but it will not last and it will be hard to regain your child’s trust in the future.

How to Motivate Your Child Tip #3. Start To Listen To Your Child

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And this is where it gets a little complicated. As adults, we rationalize our decisions and make choices based on some sort of evidence, past experiences and so on. Children, on the other hand, are a lot more intuitive. Their world is easy and simple; all you have to do is listen to them. They won’t play mind games or try to trick you. Actually, the majority of children can effortlessly tell us what they want and why. We, when not listening and overthinking their answers, are usually the problem. Our suggestion is to arrange a time when your focus is solely on your little one. There is no better way to motivate your child than to be present and active in their life.

a. Have Meaningful Conversations

How do you do that? Well, a good start is to put ourselves in their shoes. Make your questions simple and straightforward. Here are some examples:
–   How was your day today? Tell me about your day at school/kindergarten, etc.
–   Who is your best friend right now? How do you feel about him or her?
–   What would you like to do with us (the parents) this weekend?
–   Is there anything that’s bothering you right now? Is there anything I can help you with?
–   If you could talk to anyone in the world right now, who would that be? What would you ask? (This is an example of an indirect question if your child has trouble opening up to you!).

Having meaningful conversation helps motivate your child to open up to you and tell you everything happening around them.

b. Take Their Concerns Seriously

Remember, your child is vulnerable. They don’t have the confidence to conquer the world yet; they are still learning to act as a part of society and how to fit in. Be careful reacting to any of their answers in a way that can discourage your child and stop them from talking to you in the future.

Instead, be conscious about how you react to their requests and curiosity. Letting them know you take them seriously is a great way to motivate your child. However silly their current joy or issue may seem to you, take it seriously and give them serious advice. It may take a little time for you to adjust to the level of their ‘childish’ thinking but you will be rewarded with your child’s trust and become their hero.

c. Discover Their Passions

One of the most effective ways to motivate your child is to let them be carefree. One day, your children may want to be astronauts, another day, – artists. Let them dream and try out different things while they are still young. Sign them up for basketball practice, better yet, go with your child and play it together!

This will undoubtedly motivate your child. The sky’s the limit; you may understand the concept of possible and impossible, but your child doesn’t have to. Not yet, anyway! 

How to Motivate Your Child Tip #4. Challenge Your Child

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We all love to take on challenges as it gives us an adrenaline rush. Motivate your child by regularly giving them tasks that aren’t easy but fairly achievable. Remember that it is important to challenge your child just enough to keep them motivated.

If a task is too difficult then it’s possible that they will lose interest and even give up. Likewise, if a task is too easy then they  might not feel enthusiastic enough to do it. Finding a task of the correct difficulty level for your child is the key. Over time it should be scaled up so that your child continues to retain an interest in performing the task.

Video games use this principle by constantly increasing the difficulty level based on one’s performance. So find a task that suits your child’s current capabilities and gradually increase the difficulty level as your child progresses one step at a time.

How to Motivate Your Child Tip #5. Teach Your Child About The Value Of Money

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A little while ago, we talked about stickers and how useful they can be in motivating your child. Let’s take it a step further and talk about the value of money and how it can motivate your child. Today’s society is built on money; it may be the food we buy at the grocery shop or the salary we receive at the end of the month.

Either way, your child should learn how to manage their money as early as possible. You can start with something as simple as attaching a monetary value to the stickers you’ve given your child. A sticker could mean a dollar or x amount of stickers = x amount of dollars. The actual value may not be as important as your child learning how to earn and spend money.

Actually, there is an amazing book by R. Kiyosaki called Rich Kid, Smart Kid, which was specifically written for parents who want to teach their children about financial education that they cannot learn at school.

How to Motivate Your Child Tip #6. Inculcate the Habit of Reading in your child

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In today’s digital world children are spending way too much time glued to their devices, often watching junk material that adds no real value to their lives. Many times it becomes difficult to wean them away from their devices without earning their displeasure.

An effective solution is to provide them with an alternative choice in the form of attractive books filled with knowledge and values. In the beginning you may start by reading a few books together. This will cultivate the habit of reading books in your child and motivate your child to read more books on their own.

Do not leave their hand at this stage and make sure that you ask them to write a synopsis on the book and discuss it with you. Also ensure not to limit your child’s reading to only a few genres but introduce them to a wide variety of reading material that will stimulate their thinking and turn them into an all-rounded individual.

Reading is truly an invaluable gift that you can give to your child. Reading will motivate your child by broadening their worldview and turning them into knowledge seekers.

How to Motivate Your Child Tip #7. Using Success Story

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A powerful real-life story.
It was a Saturday morning. A friend of ours, let’s call him Tom, wanted to get his child to practice some math after breakfast. His little one had different ideas. The boy wasn’t at all interested in solving math puzzles when his toys were so inviting and irresistible! Tom decided to use this motivational technique he read about and invited his boy to talk.

He told his son that they are going to spend half an hour on math and then they can go outside and play football. Tom explained to his son that for the next 30 minutes, he wants the boy to solve all the math problems in his workbook. The father went through each of the 20 questions and made sure his son knew what was expected of him. He also emphasized that if the boy had any questions, Tom would be there to answer them.

What’s more, the father insisted the boy would explain his actions out loud while he was solving those equations. That was done with a purpose. Once the boy started working on his assignment, Tom heard his son working through each of the equations. Every once in a while, the silence became apparent and then Tom would ask his son to pay attention and go back to studying. Incredibly, the boy finished the tasks in a much shorter period of time than 30 minutes, because his attention was consistently brought back to the task on hand.

Do you know what happened here? A suggestion was met with some resistance, yet negotiation skills and the enticing reward were the perfect stimuli to reach an agreement and desired result. There was no need to argue, shout, or act out for either the parent or the child. Both sides were satisfied and happy, especially after their rewarding football practice! There you have a good success story to motivate your child.

How to Motivate Your Child Tip #8. Evaluate Your Relationship with Your Child

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The tips above are extremely effective to motivate your child; however, you also have to consider your particular situation. First of all, how do you feel about your relationship with your child? Would you describe it as friendly, authoritative, lenient or relaxed? Do you think your child trusts you? Is your child talkative? Does he or she share the details of their lives with you? When was the last time you spent some quality time with your child? Do you motivate your child to be a better person? Are you even a better person yourself?

Most of us take our relationships with loved ones for granted. It’s easy to forget that we need to build and strengthen our relationships at home even more than others because it is much easier to trigger someone you live with than someone you spend some time with

How to Motivate Your Child Tip #9. Send your child to Summer Camps.

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Summer vacation in school can quickly turn boring if your child doesn’t have anything to do. One of the easiest ways to motivate your child is to send them to a summer camp. With perfectly curated activities, a summer camp combines adventure with learning that continues to benefit your child long after the camp gets over. Depending on the type of summer camp, your child will pick up essential skills like learning to be independent, time management, socializing, team building, leadership and also improve English language proficiency and communication.

At summer camps organized by Embassy Camps, futuristic skills like mastering AI, mental arithmetics and entrepreneurial qualities are taught along with lots of outdoor activities and sightseeing tours. On some of these camps you can go as a whole family and strengthen your bonds. Your child will make new friends, get exposed to diverse cultures, create lifelong memories and stay motivated for the entire year!

How to Motivate Your Child Tip #10. Turn Your Child into a Teacher

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They say that by teaching we learn. Everyday your child learns something new and exciting. Often they are eager to share their new found knowledge with parents and younger siblings. You can very easily motivate your child by giving them an opportunity to teach you and others, thereby deepening their own understanding of a particular topic.

Your questions might make your child delve deeper into a topic and ponder over points that might not have occurred to them earlier. It will also help boost their self esteem and turn them into responsible individuals who would learn to assess the consequences of their actions. By encouraging your child to teach the newly acquired skills to their siblings or cousins, you will not only motivate your child but also strengthen their bonds of kinship.

How to Motivate Your Child Tip #11. Decide If You Need to Seek Help?

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Another thing to think about is why you think your child is not motivated. Is his or her lack of motivation based on laziness or perhaps disinterest, or is it an actual problem that should be solved with outside help. If you are not sure, it’s important to research similar situations and even talk to some professionals before you make any decisions or actions towards your child’s behavior.

  In fact, if you find it difficult to motivate your child using some of the tips highlighted in this post, it may be a good idea to get professional help.

How to Motivate Your Child Tip #12. What are your expectations to motivate your child?

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Kind of related to the last point, it’s important to consider your expectations. Do you have realistic expectations for your child or do you want to live their lives for them? Do you allow your children to be themselves, or are you pushing them to pursue your own past dreams? You cannot motivate your child by living their life for them. Let them live their dreams. Your job is to guide them.

a. What Are Your Child’s Expectations

Most importantly, it’s not about you, it’s about YOUR CHILD. He or she has dreams and aspirations that may differ from yours yet are incredible and inspiring.

Maybe your son or daughter just hasn’t found a way to express them and you could help them find their way towards greatness. All you have to do is to motivate your child and help them to discover themselves.

b. Lead By Example

Don’t expect your child to be proactive and all fired up if you are sluggish and lazy. Show your child that the most important thing is to start doing something that inspires and excites them. You might have always wanted to run a marathon but never found time.

This is your chance to start practicing and showing your child that even seemingly hard tasks can be tackled one by one until you reach your goals. That is a great way to motivate your child. If you have a disagreement, don’t wait until your child apologizes, even if it was his or her fault. Show them the power of initiative and communication.

Show them that being wrong is OK, too.

c. The Importance of Structure, Repetition, and Consistency

What’s more, you have to ensure that your offspring has plenty of time to repeat what they have learned. By now, you probably have figured out which time of the day is your most productive, but your child is not you! You have to help him or her and create a structure in his or her life.

We would advise you to have a routine that works for the whole family, agree on wake up time, breakfast and time to leave as well as homework, dinner and relaxation time. It’s important to stay consistent and teach your child the importance of habits. Consistency is not only great to motivate your child but also to help him/her build success habits before becoming an adult.

How to Motivate Your Child Tip 13. Ways To Achieve Long-term Changes In Your Child’s Behavior

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To sum up a little bit, everything in this article is about how to understand and motivate your child. However, it’s crucial to remember that short-term motivation is a lot easier to achieve than long-term. So how to ensure long-term success? …

a. Give Choices

By giving your children choices. As a parent, it’s your job to make sure your child is safe and happy. It’s also your job to help him or her become their best selves. Not someone who you wanted to be, but someone who they want to become. The world is a competitive place and each one of us has a unique set of talents and abilities that the world needs.

Make sure your son or daughter knows how special they are and how they are in charge of their fate. Motivate your child to become whoever they want to be, whether it is what you want or not.

b. Teach Them How To Enjoy The Journey

Mistakes are to be expected and even celebrated! Nobody can live a life worth living if they haven’t tried to live! Nobody can be happy if they have never been sad. So let your child go, run, fall and get up again. Encourage, support and love unconditionally. Motivate your child to embrace life and live.

Take one day at a time, even when it’s challenging. Most importantly, remind them to be aware of their current joy. Emphasize that this is the vital ingredient of a happy life.

How to Motivate Your Child Tip 14. Where to Start

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If you feel a little bit lost or need more information to motivate your child, let’s look at these two examples.

a. Scenario A (Small Child)

If you have a small child, you might not even have to worry about their lack of motivation. However, you can start developing success habits and routines to help you have an open and honest relationship with your child. Tips No. 2 and 3 are probably the most important ones for you right now.

Start building a strong relationship with your little one, learn about their dreams, personality and abilities, observe how they interact, and create reward systems that help them succeed.

b. Scenario B (Teenager)

If you have a teenager, Tips No. 1, 3 and 4 (empowering, listening to your child and teaching the value of money) might be more appropriate to start with. Simple rewards might not work for you, because you need to understand the cause of the lack of motivation. You need to understand your relationship with your teenager and build on that.

However old your child is, it’s never too early or too late to develop strong family ties and mutual trust. It may be easier or harder depending on the age, but at the end of the day, you should focus on understanding your child and putting yourself in their shoes. They may not be mature enough to do that for you, so it’s your responsibility to be mature for both of you.

You should also consider sending your child to one of our camps. We hire the best specialists in fields like Touch Typing, Mental Maths, Spoken English, Entrepreneurship and Social Skills to ensure that your child has just as much fun as educational learning. Our focus is not only to motivate your child but to help our next generation become exceptional and achieve extraordinary results. Why not do it in a creative environment surrounded by like-minded individuals with us?

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