Eight Ways to Encourage Self-Motivation in Your Child

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Self-motivation is a trait that is often underrated. It’s more than just getting out of bed in the morning; it can have a huge impact on how well your child does in school. Children are naturally motivated to learn until they’re about 7 years old. After this time, they’ll need the ability to motivate themselves, a vital skill if they are to succeed. It’s true that self-motivation can only come from within, but there are ways you can help your child nurture it, giving them an advantage that will pay off in later life. Here are eight ways you can help.

Encourage Optimism

Focusing on solutions to problems rather than dwelling on setbacks, combined with having a positive outlook on life. This will encourage your child to adopt the same approach.

Encourage Persistence

Reward effort rather than just success. You will help your child to develop the resilience they’ll need to face failure and to keep trying until they do succeed.

Deal With Failure

Teach your child to accept that sometimes they will fail. Showing them how to lose or win gracefully, will give them the ability to deal with, and move on from, setbacks later in life.

Encourage Interests

Children who have a range of interests will be exposed to different opportunities. Combined with a good work-life balance, this will make the less-interesting tasks they face less demoralizing and easier to face.

Celebrate Achievement

Knowing how to celebrate and enjoy success, both their own and others’, will give your child something positive to aim for.

Make Success Possible

Give your child the opportunity to be successful and experience the positive emotions that go with it. Supporting and guiding them will help build the self-esteem that is vital to self-motivation.

Foster Their Interests

Encouraging a child to learn about things that interest them will allow them to better understand the concepts they learn at school, especially if you’re creative about the way you link their interest to learning. Pacing out the length of their favorite dinosaur or measuring ingredients for baking will help them understand size or volume without it feeling like another math lesson.

Adapt to Their Learning Style

Some children will sit and listen to new information. Others want to pick things up and use them straight away. Adapting to their preferred way of learning will keep learning fun and not a chore.

Parents want to help improve their child’s chance of success at school, and later, as adults. By starting early and encouraging your child in the right way, you can help them develop a trait that will be useful to them for the rest of their lives.

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  • Greg

    “Reward effort instead of just success”.

    My daughter’s teacher is reducing rewards for success, because she wants kids to self motivate rather than motivate to rewards.

    She still rewards kids who haven’t performed as well who are really trying and improving.

    I can see effort, improvement, and success as options for reward.

    I think she “always rewards improvement (and sometimes success)”

    I can see she researches this but my daughter sees others getting awards and not her and although she’s high academically and kind, the other kids being recognised while she isn’t is demotivating.

    Appreciate your insight, I’d like to either know she’s on the right track, or find some research that I can share.