Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Motivating your child

How do you motivate your child to, for instance, do his homework on time - and with enthusiasm?

We need to remember that a child's point of view can be very different to that of his parents'. He may think in terms of hours or days rather than months, terms or years.

When test results or reports come around, praise him plenty and that will help. But on a day to day basis you may need to take a much more short term view. For instance, help him to reward himself for completing his homework in a timely way by playing a favorite game with him afterwards, or by letting him help you in the kitchen.

Remember - the smaller the child, the more short-term mini-rewards are needed to keep him motivated!!

Happy parenting,


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