Proven Tips to Motivate Your Child to Learn
CHILDREN are born curious! They see, question, and explore the world around them. But as they grow older, their curiosity is replaced by fear of failure, which hinders their learning ability. When we ask students why they don’t study, they are quick to answer that it’s because it is boring. Therefore, parents and teachers have the obligation to make studying a pleasant experience for your or children and students alike. Motivation is the single most important factor in learning. It’s what makes children want to learn. Motivated students are more likely to feel a sense of ownership for their work, persevere through difficult tasks, and make choices for themselves. Over time, motivation can lead to a sense of accomplishment that spills over into the other areas of their lives. With the right tools and strategies for changing the way you approach your or student, you can help teach them to be motivated learners. In his article, Dr. David K Pillai highlighted the proven tips to motivate your child to learn that will help you as parents.
Well, Dr. David K. Pillai is chairman of Kings International Medical Academy and heads other educational ventures across the country. Known for his excellence in the field of medical education, Dr. Pillai is revered for his unmatched contributions to medical studies today. Children thrive when they can make good decisions, but that doesn’t happen automatically. All kids have times when their preferences differ from what their parents would like them to do. The challenge for parents is to figure out how to persuade them to obey, be responsible, and earn the discipline of goal-setting without being pushy,” says Dr. Pillai.
Ways to Motivate your child to learn
1. Develop the habit of reading
Reading is the foundation for all learning. Children develop a love for reading and knowledge when they see their parents and other adults reading in the home regularly. Reading helps children learn how to read and the discipline helps improve their vocabulary.
It is important to develop an atmosphere of reading in your home so that your child builds up an interest in reading. Motivate them to read their favorite stories, magazines, and comics. Make the initial introduction to the world of books. Make books available to children, read them good books, and encourage them to ask for library cards.
2. Encourage open and sincere communication
Parents need to encourage open communication with their children by listening carefully and patiently to them. Children will feel free to talk about their problems, which otherwise they may not be comfortable to share with anyone else due to fear or lack of confidence in themselves. Communication should be free from any kind of criticism or judgment by parents. Parents should not discourage a child’s creative thinking, even if it does not match theirs. They should respect their child’s opinions rather than ignoring them or enforcing their ways instead.
3. Focus on your child’s interests
Parents need to focus on their child’s interests and get involved in those activities. Try not just to tell but also show your child how interested you are in the same things they are interested in; this will help them learn better and strengthens your bond with your child.
4. Share your enthusiasm for learning
If you want your children to develop a love for learning, they need to see that you enjoy learning new things as well. Monkey see, monkey do, as the general proverb says. Use daily opportunities to talk about what you are doing and learning. If you’re reading a book or article on an interesting topic, talk about it with your child. Show them how you apply the skills you learned in school as well in your day to day dealings]–for example, by balancing the checkbook if you’re an accountant or, writing letters and if you’re a writer or happen to be a salesperson, respectively–to demonstrate that learning is not something that stops when school lets out for summer vacation or, when you’ve graduated.
5. Recognize and celebrate achievements
Taking time to recognize and celebrate achievements reinforces children’s motivations to learn because they feel good about themselves –this is accomplishments, whether it’s big or small]. Praise them for behaving well at the doctor’s office or trying new foods during dinner; congratulate them when they learn to ride a bike or tie their shoes; give high-fives when they score a goal in soccer or ace a spelling test.
“As parents, we want to be there for our kids and help them succeed. But sometimes giving your child the space they need to explore is even more important than giving them advice or setting rules. Research shows that when you give your child some freedom, it can make them feel safer and more secure,” says the passionate educator Dr. David K Pillai.