Motivate Children to Learn
Parents sometimes lament that children are not motivated to do well in school and may even brand children as lazy, when in fact children have just lost some of their passion for learning. As children get older, this can happen for several reasons:
* Sometimes, children have failed repeatedly at school tasks and no longer see any sense in trying.
* Young teens may be distracted by biological changes, emotional concerns, and social and peer pressures.
* Unmotivated children may never have learned that it takes time and effort to be successful in school.
* There may be insufficient support in a new school or an increased workload with expectations students haven’t yet adjusted to.
Whatever the reason, as children get older, it seems to become more difficult to motivate them to do well in school. But this doesn’t have to be the norm. Both teachers and parents can help sustain a passion for learning. Children are more motivated to learn in classes where the work is challenging, yet achievable, and where they see how the skills that they are learning can be applied outside of school. And many schools motivate their students by having an atmosphere that stresses learning.
Parents play an important role in developing, maintaining and rekindling their children’s motivation to learn. To encourage lifelong learning this year in your family, and teach the value of learning for its own sake, here are some New Year’s resolutions related to learning:
* Be a good role model. Let your children see that you put forth your best effort to complete work and meet obligations.
* Show your children that you are interested in their schoolwork.
* Help your children succeed in school by contacting teachers whenever your children encounter any difficulties in learning to find out how they can be helped.
* Resolve to offer sincere praise to your children based on their effort and improvement at school.
* Find tasks in and out of school that your children can succeed in to build an “I can do it” attitude.
* Use rewards infrequently to encourage your children’s motivation to complete school tasks.
* Find your children’s strengths and build on them.
* Teach your children how to set goals and work hard to achieve them.
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