January Character Development Theme: Motivation

Dear Parents,

MOTIVATION IS THE THING INSIDE YOU THAT PUSHES YOU TO TRY TO ACHIEVE A GOAL. YOU CAN BE MOTIVATED IN DIFFERENT WAYS TO REACH DIFFERENT GOALS.

This month we are learning about motivation. There are two kinds of motivation: external and internal. External motivation comes from the encouragement your child receives from those around them: you, coaches, teammates, teachers, etc. Internal motivation comes from your own child’s drive to achieve. Getting the right kind and amount of external motivation can help your child develop the skills to self-motivate, which will help them throughout life. happy, confident adults.

How can you help?

  • Encourage your child to believe in her/himself.
  • Use positive motivation rather than (excessive) bribes or threats. For example: “I know you can solve this math problem, Hannah! I know it’s hard, but you have a big brain and lots of talent!” Not: “Every time you finish your homework, we can get ice cream!” or “If you don’t finish your work in ten minutes, you can’t go to Jimmy’s birthday party tomorrow.”
  • Help them practice goal-setting. Come up with somewhat difficult, yet attainable, challenges they can reach.
  • Take an interest in their accomplishments.

 

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