How to genuinely help motivate our kids

To motivate our kids, we need to look at all the ways we could kindle, not dampen, the fires of motivation within them.

We parents have high hopes for our kids. We would do everything to keep them inspired for learning, for achievement, and for success in life. We want them to grow up equipped with everything they need to have for a better life.

But, then, despite our best intentions, we would still find many of them to be less motivated. It has become one of our biggest concerns as parents. But how do we, in fact, motivate our children?

How are we going to solve such a dilemma?

Try interacting with some of these kids and you would be struck by their great expectations for the future. Kids are, naturally, day-dreamers and they come to believe what they are capable of imagining.

Some kids would find it most interesting to gain fame and fortune as movie stars. Some would try to make a name for themselves like a career in sports, wanting to be great boxers like Manny Pacquiao or to represent their country in the Olympics.

Others would love to seek adventure and travel, in a hope to go around the world and learn other cultures and languages. You’d find some of their dreams to be fanciful, like wanting to climb Mount Everest, or to jump off a plane at an altitude of ten thousand feet.

And, yet, you’d find out more of these children’s hopes are serious. One would be staring at you straight in the eye to declare: “I would stop all drugs!” Another one would say: “I would make lots of money so that when I became rich I would help the poor and the homeless.”

To motivate our kids, we need to be looking at all the ways we could kindle, instead of dampening, the fires of motivation within them. We could nurture such a precious spark within each child starting right from our home. Then we could try spreading it outside our home, into such areas as schooling, life, chores, and responsibilities.

We should be making sure that communication lines between us and our kids are open, because it is one way to boost learning and motivation. When parents and children are warmly interested in each other and their activities, to quote from author Dorothy Corkille Briggs, when children feel safe to share ideas and feelings, intellectual growth is stimulated.

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