If inner motivation is the key to education, can you inspire your child to treasure learning? Our parenting skills expert, Carol Josel, and author of 149 Parenting School-Wise Tips, is here to share 3 big ideas. I'll share 3 bullet points for each.
3 Unbeatable Ways to Encourage Inner Learning:
1. Applaud your child's time and effort on a task by saying:
- "You took the time to do a good job."
- "What did you tell yourself to keep on working?"
- "What does it feel like to see the results of your work?
Can you guess why saying, "I'm proud of you," isn't the best thing to say?
Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad thing to say but it doesn't promote inner motivation (well, maybe just a little).
If you guessed that it urges your child to do well because it pleases you and that's outer motivation, you're right. You want your child to learn because she's motivated from the inside.
2. Believe in your child by saying:
- "I believe in you."
- "You've got the 'can-do' spirit.
- "You have an awesome brain."
3. Set high but realistic goals for your child.
If goals are too high, your child might feel discouraged and give up. If the goals are too low it diminishes the accomplishment. Here's what to do:
- Help your child determine a realistic goal to accomplish.
- Show your child how to break the goal into smaller steps.
- Use a big calendar and set due dates for accomplishing each step and the final goal. (These 3 unbeatable ways for motivating your child's inner learning came from pages 3 and 4 of 149 Parenting School-Wise Tips.)
Carol is not only a parenting skills expert but also an educator and learning specialist. Pick up her 149 Parenting School-Wise Tips: Intermediate Grades and Up. Choose the tips that fit your child and watch her inner motivation soar.
Pick up your copy at School-Wise Books. The time to motivate your child is now.
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