How to unlock your child’s motivation

2016.06.30

Children are curious. It is a great that they are interested in many different things.
However, it is important that they also have the ability to concentrate on one task at a time.

When children are not concentrating, some parents tend to get angry and force their child to study when he/she does not want to.

In this article, we will introduce 5 ways to unlock your child’s motivation without having to force them to do something.

Start with a subject/activity that they are good at

When children are not motivated to do something, it is best to have them start with a subject/activity that they like or are good at.
Try repeating an easy task as a warm-up exercise before moving on to the more difficult tasks.

Encourage them to exercise

Moving one’s body helps blood and oxygen circulation to the brain.
Exercise stimulates the hippocampus, which helps with memory, and also discharges dopamine within the brain, which helps with motivation.
It is a good idea to do some simple exercises and stretching as a family before studying.
Singing in a loud voice is another good way to refresh and stimulate your brain.

Praise them for small achievementsる

Everyone knows that being praised improves one’s motivation to work harder.
The accumulation of small achievements not only increases one’s self-confidence but also helps create a feeling of sympathy for others.
Instead of getting angry when your child cannot do something, parents should take the time to praise them for what they can do well.
Let’s focus on our child’s potential. Children who are raised in a positive environment are more likely to challenge themselves.

Create a To-Do List

Hand your child a piece of paper (any kind is fine) and have them create a To-Do List.
Seeing what needs to be done on paper will help them organize their thoughts and figure out how they can go about performing the required tasks.

Encourage them to see the linkage with what they like

People are good at what they like to do.
We are motivated to do thinks that we like.
For children who enjoy playing with cars and airplanes, it is a good idea to come up with math activities that make use of these toys.
Even when dealing with a subject that they do not like, if they find a linkage with their interests, they are more likely to study on their own.

It is a good idea to get children in the habit of finding these linkages on their own.
As with the To-Do List, it may be a good idea to have children write up these linkages on a piece of paper before they start studying.

The same things motivate children and adults.
We are more motivated to do an activity if we are interested ourselves rather than if we are told to do it by someone else.

When choosing afterschool activities for your child, it is best to choose activities that they are interested in. Please take these tips into consideration when trying to unlock your child’s motivation.

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