To motivate, parents must teach kids the art of decision-making. Kids need to see the difference between what's worthwhile and what isn't. Let's see how this mom describes it.
Teaching Kids the Art of Decision-Making
"If the task is socially necessary, there are motivators built in. For example, right now my kid is cooking dinner. If she gives up, we will all go hungry.
Deciding when giving up is appropriate and when it's not can be tricky! It's the decision-making that's important. When your child's chooses to do something, he must decide it's worthwhile to pursue.
You can help your child decide to do what is meaningful, give up the rest, and develop the wisdom to distinguish one from another." ~ Maria Droujkova
How Parents Teach Kids the Art of Decision-Making
Pretend your child is trying to decide about turning out for soccer. Help him by discussing the pros and cons. Ask questions like:
1. Can you name 3 good reasons for playing soccer?
2. Are there any good reasons for not playing soccer?
3. Which reasons are the most important to you?
The answers will help your child make a good decision. Can you see how easy it is to teach the art of decision-making? Just ask the right questions and discuss the answers with your kids. It's simple. It's fun too.
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