04 Oct How Can We Motivate Young Children Who Don’t Want To Learn?
How Can We Motivate Young Children Who Don’t Want To Learn?
Is it hard to motivate young children? Do you think, it is a challenging task to convince children to do things that they don’t wish to do?
We want our children to be motivated, but how we achieve it is crucial. There are some kids that are less motivated as compared to others. Sometimes motivating negatively disposed children to excel can feel like pulling out a tooth without an anesthetic. The use of simple tricks can make the attempt a pleasant experience and can result in an unbelievable transformation for any child. Motivation commences with interest. Interest guides *exploration and knowledge. Children are interested in doing things that they are ‘good at.’
The child’s motivation is also maintained by ideals. Children want to become like and to learn from the people they admire. This aspect of children’s motivation is generally overlooked by us. If your child fails to get things done, then you can teach your child how the real world works showing him the consequences of poor work.
The duty of a parent is to inspire and influence. If the child is less motivated then, the reaction of the parent is vital. A child lacking in motivation can be a source of great disappointment and agony to the parent. If the parent becomes nervous regarding the child’s performance, then the parent will motivate the child through the grip of their own anxiety. As a parent, your goal is to influence your child when he has to do something that he doesn’t want to do. Make your child to realise what his own desires are.
Lack of motivation in a child can be aroused through the below mentioned steps:-
- Rewards & Punishments – The effect of rewards & punishments is short-lived. The child is motivated to earn rewards and avoid punishment. However, rewards and punishments fail to create any interests or goals. Offering children rewards can sometimes prove to be temporarily beneficial in motivating them to do activities. But then, it is seen that the motivation is dependent on the rewards and the motivation will diminish when the rewards stop. This will happen even if the activity is pleasurable for the child. It was observed by Researchers at Stanford University that children, who enjoyed drawing and were rewarded, quit doing so when they were no longer rewarded. Absence of reward proved to extinguish the passion of the child.
- Create interest – You should create interest in the child’s motivation. The motivation of a child is enhanced when they get to know that you are interested in their doings. Show enthusiasm in their interests.
- Encouragement, encouragement, encouragement – You must acknowledge every effort and improvement in all your child’s endeavors; even if the effort of the child falls short of the goal. Encourage children by demonstrating how achievements can benefit their quality of life. Make the child aware that getting good grades, working hard in life can help them lead a successful and happy life. Encourage the child to express his opinion, share his feelings, and make choices. Let the child choose his own extracurricular activities.
- Strengths – Focus on the strengths of the child. Recognise the strengths of the child and support it. Encourage the developing talents of the child.
- Time – Give the child time. Motivating a child is difficult. Resolving the problem of motivation takes time.
- Incorporate learning with games – Give children play opportunities that support different kinds of learning styles. Motivate them with open-ended play, such as blocks, which can help develop the child’s creative aspect and problem-solving skills. Learning must be made fun for kids in order to motivate and maintain the child’s interest. Visits to the museum, aquarium, to the local events can prove to be a motivation for the child to learn. It can be a motivation for them to work hard.
- Choice – Let the child make his or her own choices. When the choice is wrong, hold the child responsible and let him face the consequences but do not dwell for too long on mistakes. This will lead to long term resentment.
- Accepting mistakes and failures – Children should be taught to accept mistakes and be made aware that failures are nothing to be worried about. Failure and mistakes should be considered as a part of the learning process and should be celebrated. “You mark and celebrate errors, transforming failures into successes.” (Dejan Stojanovic)
- Grades – Enquire about what the child is learning in school and not about his grades. Let the child discuss with you all that he has learned in school that day.
- Achievements – Celebrate the smallest achievement of your child. This shall offer positive reinforcement which shall motivate the child in learning and performing still better.
- Everyday events – Convert everyday events into learning opportunities. Encourage the child to explore the world.
- Strategies – Try multiple strategies as one size fails to fit all when it comes to motivating students.