Your child may not always be motivated to study and that’s natural. You can continue to be worried or you can just implement these simple techniques to make things easier for your child and yourself.
Allow them to spend time with subjects they like
Every child is different and has different interests. Allow your child to spend a little more time learning the subjects that intrigue them. A child is always eager to learn more. So, you satiate their hunger for learning and make them happy by allowing them to spend more time on the subject that they like. This way, they won’t feel burdened while studying the subjects that they’re not inclined towards and will make an effort to understand them.
Set A Routine
Set a routine for your child and make sure they follow it. If your child knows that they have to study at xyz time every day, then they can prepare themselves for it and train their minds to learn for an x amount of time. This will make learning less taxing for the child.
Children’s minds wander, imagine, and dream. Regardless of the age, you cannot expect a child to pay attention and concentrate beyond a point, especially, if they are exposed to physical distractions like television or video games. In fact, they would naturally be more intrigued by the distracting elements. Make sure that all the distractions are eliminated, so that your child can completely focus on homework and learning.
Sports to ignite their minds
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Get your child involved in sports and other recreational activities to broaden their learning horizon. These activities will get their blood pumping, will keep them motivated, and will help their body secrete hormones that are responsible for their happiness and growth.
Break down the tasks and give more breaks
If your child is supposed to complete three exercises, don’t ask them to complete all three in one go. Break down the entire tasks into three, or even six sections, if required. Breaking down tasks also means giving more time and space to understand concepts. Your child will feel less pressurized and will get more breaks to breathe and restore their energy.
Goal-setting is a great way to motivate your child to learn. When your child reaches the goal set for them, they will be rewarded and gain a sense of accomplishment. Creating to-do lists, weekly planners, and mapping calendars are a great way to keep track of the short-term and long-term goals. You may also want to reward the child with something minute yet significant after reaching specific goals.
While we’re already talking about rewarding, let’s not underestimate the importance of giving compliments.
Words of encouragement can go a long way in making your child feel worthy and appreciated
This will also elevate the value of the tasks completed. Compliments help boost self-esteem, which plays an important role shaping an individual.
Teach them the relevance
Show your children that what they’re learning is going to help them in their grown-up life. Although some of it might not be true, it is important to attach some ‘relevance’ value to what they’re learning so they will not let go of the knowledge easily.
Inspire; don’t nag!
Eighty percent of a child’s achievement is based on parental inspiration. Inspire your child to learn more by introducing them to new techniques and methodologies. Watch science experiments on YouTube, make flashcards, go to a nursery to teach them about plants. Inspire your child to learn; don’t nag!
These are some basic tips to help your child get interested in studies. Along with these techniques, make sure that your child eats and sleeps well because these factors ignite their minds and directly impact their performance.
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