Why is it so difficult to motivate my kids?
Everyone needs help getting motivated sometimes. For adults, we might need help getting motivated to complete tasks at work or take care of household chores. This is no different for our children.
Often, the areas that we struggle with (whether it be doing the dishes or completing a math assignment) are the areas where we need a healthy dose of motivation.
Use your child's interests and get their input
If there are gaps in your child's school day, remember that anything your child is interested in (e.g., dinosaurs, Minecraft, PawPatrol) can be used for learning! Read books, do math problems, and create science experiments related to their favorite topics.
When deciding how to structure the day, ask your child what he or she prefers. Try to incorporate their choices into the plan. For instance, if reading is the hardest subject for your child, would they rather do it first or last?
Let your child hang up their art work, worksheets, and other projects in your home. This helps to show them that you're proud of their work and increases their intrinsic motivation.