Eight Ways to Encourage Self-Motivation in Your Child

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 your child performance 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 that will help them 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 self-motivation in your child.

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 succeed.

Dealing With Failure
Teach your child to accept that sometimes they may fail. Showing them how to learn from failure and 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 maths 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.

Credit: Child Development Institute

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9 thoughts on “Eight Ways to Encourage Self-Motivation in Your Child

  1. This is great, Ajibola! I have a special place in my heart for raising independent and motivated children with high self-esteem. I have four children of my own, but I have worked in the area of Pediatrics for many many years. I understand the developmental stages of children. They need confidence and to be able to make mistakes and learn from them. As parents, it is our job to help keep them safe within boundaries and to parent with love and guidance. If you micromanage a child or always tell him/her what he/she is doing wrong, he/she will not feel confident. If he/she doesn’t feel confident, then this will influence his/her motivation to try. Great points! I’m glad I stopped by. Have a great day!

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  2. Good points. Encouraging kids to accept failure is so important. It’s how we learn! As a teacher, I discuss this every day with young people who won’t try to develop skills because they are scared to fail. Really sad. Dealing with failure, learning and growing makes us resilient.

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