Saturday, June 10, 2006

Goal Setting for Kids - Motivating your Child

Now here's an idea to help with kids' goal setting! I was chatting to a lovely grandfather the other day and he told me that for the past week he had been on duty with his 15-year-old grandson to make sure he got up bright and early to study for his exams. As we know, teenagers often find it hard to get up early in the morning!
So I asked him what trick he used to get his grandson up, thinking he would say something like turning the light on and opening the curtains and talking loudly. Not a bit of it. This lovely man would go in and sit on the boy's bed and gently wake him, then start calmly and quietly talking with the child about something he was really interested in. Within a few minutes the boy would be wide awake.
What a loving way to start a child's day! It reminded me that the best way to motivate someone is to talk with them about something that is important to them. And kids are so passionate and interested that there are plenty of things to discuss!
Happy Goal Setting with your Kids...

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