5 Ways You Can Motivate Your Children to Do Well in School by Michael Erin Purdy
School is a gateway to bright futures and great business connections. Whether or not your children know it, they need to stay motivated and do well for the sake of their futures. Here are some tips to keep your kids’ heads in the game at school so that you don’t have to support them through their thirties.
Cold Hard Cash
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Your kids will do virtually any chore or task for a little pocket change, which is why it’s so easy to motivate them with money. Remember not to use the carrot-on-a-stick trick too often, and to make a clear and outlined plan for earnings with your kids. For example, make a chart that shows them how to earn money: dishes might be worth 50 cents and an A on a test could be worth a dollar.
Use the cash to motivate your kids further by setting up a college savings fund. Consider matching their earnings in the college account, or specifically giving them college fund gifts on Christmas and birthdays.
Create Competition & Comparisons
Never compare your child to others or you can create low self-esteem. However, you can compare your child to him or herself: post the scores from your child’s recent tests and challenge them to improve. For each (even minor) improvement congratulate your kids and reward them with a few extra minutes of TV time or a movie with friends.
If your child needs help, remember to consult teaching experts. Huntington tutoring centers and similar places can help parents become better home supports for schools.
Choose Educational Vacations
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Rather than traveling to Disney during the summer, consider educational vacations that will motivate your child. For example, a trip to NASA could inspire your space geek to become a space expert. Taking your child baker to a culinary summer camp could inspire him or her to learn the science behind recipes. Identify the hobbies your child has that could be turned into educational trips, whether they involve dinosaur museums or cave paintings.
Create a Cool Study Spot
When you create a truly personalized study spot for your kid, and then reward him or her for doing homework there, the very spot becomes a Pavlovian response in your kid’s mind. He or she will feel happier while sitting there, and will feel special looking at favorite cartoon art and hand-picked pencils and rulers.
Communicate Openly With the Teacher & Child
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By inviting your child to parent-teacher conferences you can eradicate that sneaking sense of being talked about in your kid. He or she will feel more confident and informed about issues. While this idea doesn’t motivate every kid, and can really help children with low self-esteem.
Email the teacher beforehand to discuss any private issues and let him or her know that the kid is coming along. Most educators like this open communication with parents and students.
Motivating your child takes a lot of effort, but it pays off when your kid grows up to be a thinker who appreciates education. Remember to personalize educational activities, and to reward your kid with attention, small gifts, and even cash for college.
Michael Erin Purdy studied Creative & Technical Writing at Utah Valley University while working as the Assistant Editor-in-Chief on the newspaper and the Editor-in-Chief of the literary journal, Touchstones. She mastered press releases and speech writing while working for Senator Bennett in his DC office, and studied the delicate art of persuasion in social content as the Social Content Manager at BlueGlass. Michael mastered British English as a British English teacher in Ukraine as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Today Mrs. Purdy lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with her husband who works at Nellis Air Force Base.