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How to Motivate Your Unmotivated Child: Part 2

Last Friday, we discussed the first 3 ways to motivate an unmotivated child. Today, I’ll highlight the final 4 ways to know how to motivate your child when your child is ready to quit and throw in the towel.

1. Give your child a “carrot.”

A reward, such as money for A’s or B’s can work well. A weekly allowance may be appropriate if all chores are done with excellence. More minutes for the cell phone or data plan can be rewarded to the child who reads an extra book each month.

2. Be a cheerleader.

Children need constant affirmation. Cheer them on in everything they do…“Good shot,” “Way to go.” “I’m so proud of you.” “Awesome performance.” Always, always encourage your kids. [Tweet This] Here’s How to Be Your Child’s Biggest Fan.

3. Dream with your child.

Ignite her dream of being a musician; take her to see an orchestra. Fire up his interest in reading; get him some books on things he is interested in like the outdoors or sports. Encourage his interest in business matters; teach him about investing.

4. Help your child set and own goals.

If it’s your goal for your child, he will be less likely to pursue it. If your child owns his goal, he is much more likely to achieve it.

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What other successful ways to motivate your child have you found?

Mark W. Merrill

Mark is the president of All Pro Dad and Family First , a national non-profit organization. He is also the voice of a daily radio program called The Family Minute.

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Huddle up with your kids and ask, “What is one goal you want to achieve?”


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