As the weather begins to warm up and schools close their doors, many children look forward to a lazy summer. Spending multiple months a year just sitting around a house can take a toll on a child, however, and that is why all parents should have a few tricks up their sleeves to keep kids motivated and on-the-go during the summer.
1. Meaningful Conversation
Many parents tend to skip over this step and go straight to either rewards or punishments, but that is not always the most effective method for motivation. Explaining one’s expectations to the child along with the reasons behind the expectations will enhance all other motivational tricks.
No parent should ever underestimate just how powerful praising can be and it should always be descriptive instead of generic. Instead of simply staying “good job” or “I am proud of you,” parents should describe in detail what a child has done correctly.
3. Outdoor Rewards
Parents should take a look at trading in DVDs and CDs and rethink what outdoor activities the child loves. No matter whether the reward is for grades or just improving one’s attitude, many kids look forward to a new item that will keep them occupied and moving outdoors instead of sitting around.
4. Learning Something New
Every child should be constantly learning, and this is why the doldrums of summer break can be so damaging. Asking a child if they want to learn a new skill, language, instrument, or sport can be a great way to keep them mentally and physical improving throughout the year.
5. Motivation From Friends
Few things motivate a child as much as their closest friends, and finding mutual hobbies and interests will help them motivate themselves and one another. Some of the most popular options include study groups on interesting and nontraditional subjects such as writing, science experiments, art, and sports not offered in their school
6. Motivating By Example
While parents often use the mantra “do as I say and not as I do,” kids are going to become internally motivated by seeing it presented to them. It may be difficult to come home from a long day of work and not relax, but even getting in a few minutes of a hobby or project will show kids that it is a natural and healthy part of life.
Positive reinforcement is a powerful tool for parents looking to develop well-rounded children. By taking a fresh look at unique forms of motivation parents may be able to keep their kids off the couch and constantly improving themselves during those long summer days.