Every parent wants what is best for their child, and there is nothing more important than ensuring that a child is on the right path to attain success in their lives. A big part of this success is centered on academic success, and it is vital to know exactly how to motivate them to put forth their best effort at school. It is easy to mistake the things that actually motivate kids, and oftentimes, parents are engaged in this black or white mentality when it comes to getting their children do the things they want them to do. It is either this way or the highway. This is not ideal. You have to understand that kids need to understand the values of doing well and what it means to you and to their future.
Below are some of the ways you can get the best out of your children and ensure they have the right levels of motivation.
Provide the tools they need
You have to make school as convenient and attractive as possible for them, and at the center of this is providing them with all the books, textbooks, stationery, and tools they need to do well in school. Obviously, you may not be in a position to get them every single thing they need, but you must make sure to do your best and give them the ammunition they need to propel them forward.
Understand their strengths and weaknesses
You have to monitor and observe them constantly to understand the areas in which they are strong and where they are struggling. Work with their teachers to get input on areas where they feel your kids need help to do better and reward and encourage them when they are doing well in their areas of strength. Help them understand that their shortcomings are not unusual, and it is perfectly normal to find some things harder to do than others. Help them excel in their strong suits and assist them to overcome their limitations in other areas.
We all need structure in our lives in order to do well. It is especially so with children, as they will most likely rather play games and hang out with friends all day than spend time with homework. You have to structure their time for them such that they can have time for study and time for play. They have to take in this culture in their day to day and understand there is indeed a time for everything.
Apart from scheduling, there is a need for a designated study area that is conducive for learning. This area must be organized and equipped with tables, chairs, shelves, books, and stationery. There also needs to be adequate lighting. It is important to have this because a combination of scheduling and a designated area will put their brains in learning mode automatically. They understand that they have a job to do at this particular time and at this particular place, and they can focus better. There will be no distractions and no disturbances.
Give them freedom
Don’t force things on them. Allow them the freedom to do what comes naturally to them and make them comfortable in their activities. If your child is comfortable with art, then allow them to explore art. Do not try to force math and science down their throats because you feel that is the more marketable field. Give them the freedom to express themselves and explore whatever talents may be within them. You will be amazed what they can achieve.
Teach them balance
Help them understand that there needs to be balance in everything they do in life. They need to strike a balance between school, friends, play, and hobbies. All these things are equally important, and they complement each other. What good is it when your child is a genius but cannot relate socially with anybody? Life will be hard on him or her. From a very young age, they need to understand the importance of balance and paying enough time and attention to the things that really matter.
Make decisions together
Engage your children in the decision-making process. Let them have a say in some of the things that may affect them in the house and at school. When you are coming up with scheduling or a study area, ask them for their opinions and what they would prefer. If you feel you need to go a different way or take a different approach, help them understand why this is so. This is very important because, when you all come to a collective agreement and they feel a part of the process, they are more inclined to focus and make things work.
There are so many ways to ensure your kids are properly motivated to do well in school, and there are so many things to do and watch out for. There is no one way to achieve this, and every child is as different as every parent and every household. So you need to tailor something that works for everybody involved.
At Rhodes School, we are committed to giving you and your kids all you need to succeed academically, and we will be most excited to work with you and your kids to achieve their goals.