10 Ways to Motivate Your Child to Do Better in School

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How do you motivate a child who doesn’t seem to want to do his school work? As parents, we are invested in our child’s academic life because we know how important it is for their future. Our kids should be motivated to do well. After all, it’s in their own interest to do well. Nevertheless, our kids still put hanging out with friends and electronics before their work.

School is an aspect of life that requires discipline and work and kids need to learn to buy into the value of doing well. Your child must own the importance of doing well himself. It can’t be forced. In fact, if you pressure your child in an attempt to motivate him, it almost always makes things worse.

Nevertheless, there are positive steps that you can take ...

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4 Things Not to Do When Your Child has a Tantrum

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“Too often, parents work under the faulty assumption that if they can simply explain things to a tantruming child, the child will fall in line and stop misbehaving. As a result, many parents talk above the developmental level of their toddler.”

Knowing how to effectively handle your child or toddler can feel overwhelming at times. There’s so much advice about what you should do that it’s easy to start feeling confused and unsure of your own parenting skills.

There is not a one-size-fits-all way to parent your toddler. The true expert of your child is you. Believe me, I understand that it can be hard to trust your parenting gut when your toddler is having a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store.

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How to Give Kids Consequences That Work

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A consequence is something that follows naturally from a person’s action, inaction or poor decision. It differs from a punishment in that a punishment is retribution. Punishment is “getting back” at someone, to hurt them back for a hurt they did. When you get a speeding ticket, it’s not a retribution for something you did wrong. It’s a consequence of your poor choices and decisions.

 

When you’re giving a child a consequence, it’s important to make it flow naturally from the child’s choice or action. For example, if your son sleeps late and doesn’t get up for school, the natural consequence is to go to bed earlier that night to get more sleep. The natural consequence isn’t to take his phone for a week. Tell him he has to go to bed early for the next three nights, and th ...

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