Motivation is the reason you do something. It's the spark you need to get the job done. It's the magic lightbulb above your head that inspires you.
Motivation is such a natural thing, but some people lack in it. Sometimes it's just lacking for a little while, and sometimes it can seem like it's never there.
Children can find motivation hard to come by, especially when they need to be motivated to do things they really don't want to. In this blog, we’ll work on learning what motivates your child.
What Motivates a Child?
When it comes to what motivates your child, examples can differ. Different kids need different motivators. It starts by knowing your child and considering their interests. Children can be driven by the things they want – like a new toy or a chance to see their favorite upcoming movie in the theater.
What does not motivate (at least not in a healthy way) children is yelling at them or threatening them. This raises fearful, not motivated, kids. Instead of putting punishments into place when it comes to motivating your kids, consider rewards that will teach them to enjoy the things they may not be as motivated to do.
Motivating Your Child
There are different things children need motivation for. Some kids may love to do homework, while others may put it off so much that they're failing school because of it. Chores are similar – some kids make them fun, some do everything they can to avoid them.
Here are some areas where your children may need motivation, and tips on how to get them up and moving. Remember, motivation for kids needs to come from somewhere positive if you want them to learn and find internal motivation.
1. How to Get Motivated to Do Homework
When it comes to homework, unless your child loves the subject they have school work on, it could be harder for them to get going. They may want to do everything but their homework. When they do have other things they want to do, you can use that in motivating them.
Child motivation perpetuated by offering the child something in return for their efforts. To get them to do their homework when they get home, set a ritual in which they get to do something they enjoy if their homework is done by a specific time.
Not only are you offering them an award, but you are also teaching them time management skills that they will be able take with them into the careers they have as adults.
2. How to Get Motivated to Do Chores
Chores are no fun, but if you use them as a lesson in teaching your children about work ethic, you may be able to get them to do them when you want them done. Set schedules and pay them for the work they do. Sure, they may get free meals and a roof over their heads at no cost, but paying them for the work they do will help them appreciate the lesson a little more.
3. How to Get Motivated to Participate
Not all kids show interest in extracurricular activities, but these activities can teach them teamwork and responsibility. It's because of the important lessons in these activities that you should consider motivating your kids to join.
Some of the ways you may find to get them to participate in clubs and sports is to tell them about the places they'll get to travel or the people they may get to meet. If they see rewards, they'll be more interested in participating. Don't force them though – clubs and sports aren't for everyone.
4. Other Ways to Get Motivated
Rewards, monetary or otherwise, aren't the only things that get kids to do the things they may not be motivated to do. One thing that can really help is to talk to your kids – tell them about all of the benefits of the thing you want them to do and talk about it meaningfully.
It also helps to be willing to do some of these things with them. Kids are more likely to be OK with washing the dishes a couple of times each week if they see their parents doing them once in a while too. Lead by example.
Be Their Biggest Cheerleader
Sometimes all it takes for anyone to get motivated to complete a task is a little appreciation. Make sure your kids know you love them and that you appreciate when they help out. Let them know you're proud of their successes and that you still love them even during their failures.