ANGRY PARENTS CAN'T MOTIVATE KIDS TO STUDY. Why? Because kids get discouraged, some cry. Others shrink with fear. Still others rebel. Their minds can't focus on schoolwork because painful emotions take over when parents are angry.
Bribing kids to study only works if the bribe is big enough. Kids ask, "What will I get?" They miss the point. Studying develops their learning, their minds, their inner discipline, and their inner satisfaction. Do these benefits sound too lofty ? They aren't and you'll see why.
How can you help your child learn without becoming an angry "PPP" (pushy, picky, parent)?
It's easy really. Have some special time with your child. A dinner out or a family dinner where everyone is relaxed is ideal. Bedtime discussions or long car rides are good too. Keep the mood positive and NO interrogating by asking:
- Did you finish your homework?
- Did you get it in on time?
- When are you going to show it to me?
- Why didn't you get it done last week?
- Why is it so sloppy?
There is a better approach. I call it "investigating."
You'll find it in my one-minute video on YouTube, which you can watch right here. Beneath the video on YouTube is the simple transcript with it's motivating attitude and questions. Feel free to copy it and add it to your 3-hold binder and use whenever you need it.
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