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Is Motivation a Concern or Challenge?

Is Motivation a Concern or Challenge? 4/24/20We are several weeks into distance learning and other adjustments necessitated by the COVID-19 situation.  If you, as a parent of school-aged children, are concerned or facing challenges with your child/student not being as motivated for learning as is needed, here are some suggestions for how you can help your child or children become more self-motivated, and also decrease conflict in the family.

  • Involve children in setting schedules
  • Allow children some choice
  • Listen and provide empathy
  • Provide reasons for rules
  • Problem-solve together

All of these practices can help children to feel more ownership of their behavior. That will make them more likely to cooperate.

However, these strategies require time and patience – something that is hard to come by at times of stress.

Research studies show that parents are more likely to yell, demand and threaten when time is limited, they are stressed, or they feel worried about how their children are performing. 

That is why it is important for parents to find time for their own self-care and rejuvenation – whether that might be taking a walk, exercising, meditating, writing in a journal, or some other healthy self-care activity.  

More information for each of the 5 tips listed above can be found in the complete article online at https://theconversation.com/5-ways-parents-can-motivate-children-at-home-during-the-pandemic-without-nagging-or-tantrums-134617.  

The situation we are in presents challenges.  Using motivational strategies can help parents provide a calmer and more effective environment that also facilitates a positive parent-child relationship.  It is worth the effort.

If want to read the article referenced above but do not have access to the website, please contact my office at 701-724-3355 to request a print-out of it.   

Photo Source: https://pixabay.com/photos/motivation-strategy-arrows-building-3233650/ (downloaded 4/28/20)

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