School is supposed to be a fun time where children learn new and exciting things about themselves and the world around them. But sometimes children can lack motivation in school and not put in all of their efforts. As parents, all we want to see if our children succeed in life ad that starts with school. But how can you motivate your children to try hard in school without resenting it? Well, that is a hard line to balance on, yet something we need to do. So keep reading to discover then ways to encourage your children to try hard in school.
Sometimes the best way to start is at the very top of the chain, and go talk to your child’s teacher. Teachers have handled a variety of students and could give you some useful advice and tips when it comes to motivating your child to do school work at home.
Also, talking to your child’s teacher can help you identify the areas where they are not applying themselves, because sometimes a student might not feel motivated in just one subject, rather than school and learning in general.
When it comes to homework and studying you need to set firm rules for the kids at home. Setting these rules will show your children that you care and are paying attention to how they are doing in school. These rules can be that they are not allowed to play outside with their friends, play video games, or do any other hobby until their homework is done. Sometimes your child needs to know that you care about their education, for them to take it seriously.
If you see your child is becoming uninterested in school, you need to talk to them about why they feel this way. Many times children start to lose interest in school if they are struggling and do not know how to ask for help.
So you might need to step in to help them learn the subject or hire a tutor. Getting your child the necessary help to make them feel more confident in a subject might be all you need to light the fire to make them love school again.
When your child is at school they have their own desk where they know they go to and focus on learning when they are at school. So when they are at home they need a special area for them to study and do homework at, as well. Having a designated area to do their own work will make them feel special and help keep their minds focused on the tasks they have to complete. This area also needs to be distraction-free away from any electronics or games to help them focus.
There can be times when you are looking at your child being unmotivated in school and see their lives flash before their eyes. You can see them not getting into a good college, meaning they are not going to get a good job, resulting in them living at your house forever.
And if your children are in middle or high school you might even express these fears with them. But doing that is not going to help anyone. You need to focus on the immediate problem and work on just helping them through one class or test.
Do you remember when you were in school, how overwhelmed you would feel with a big project or test? Your child might be feeling too overwhelmed to do any school work. So help them by setting achievable goals that can hit. Breaking something big into smaller milestones is a tool they are going to enjoy and will use their whole lives. Smaller goals will make your child feel accomplished and what to keep working to keep this feeling up. And before they know it your child will have finished a project!
One thing you can do as a parent is to make their learning interactive and involved it in their real life. You can take them to museums so they can get real hands-on experience with the subjects they say they “do not care about.”
Museums may have a reputation for being boring, but there are so many options with kid-friendly exhibits, interactive tours, and really unique ways of approaching any subject with play! Being surrounded by a subject they felt was not worth learning will let them see all the cool things they can do in that field.
Everyone wants validation and sometimes your child needs to see that the effort they are putting into school is worth it. Many times that is why you will see kids start to slack off in school. Giving them a purpose to use what they are learning is going to keep them motivated to keep learning. This can be about anything too! From identifying animals they see on a nature walk for natural science to working out a math problem to get an item theywant to buy, practicing the subjects in real life will make your kids want to keep learning.
Did you know that kids are feeling more and more pressure to perform well in school? Feeling these pressures can lead them to feeling stressed, and not wanting to do anything as a result.
So you need to pay attention to how your kids are feeling and acting, because there may be some anxiety that they have when it comes to schoolwork. If this is the case then you need to talk to a therapist to help your child through these feelings they are having at school.
How you represent school and learning in your house is how your child is going to view school overall. So if you are yelling or disciplining your child for doing bad on a test or report card they may start to resent school and stop trying! This is not how you want your child to see school. Instead, remain positive, talk about what they are doing well and see why they think they are not doing well in other subjects. Make sure you stay away from any 'jokes' about 'nerds' or people who try hard - otherwise, why would they want to try hard themselves? Don’t talk down to your child, instead be the positive force they need in their life.