Parenting is not easy. Although fulfilling, the role of parenting comes with a huge responsibility. As your child grows, you become their motivator, confidant, disciplinarian and teacher. They look to you for cues on how to handle life’s challenges. One of those hurdles is education. Depending on their level of interest, children may go on to get their bachelors degree, or decide high school is enough for them. Either way, inspiring kids to do their best in school can be challenging. I’ve teamed up with Office Depot® OfficeMax® to share some helpful tips on how to inspire your kids for greatness.
Stay positive. Yes, this task is a difficult one, but important. Celebrate accomplishments big or small. Positive reinforcement will do wonders for your childs’ ego. Whether they completed a book report, or brought a letter grade up one or two levels, children need to hear your praises. It can be something as simple as a few of the words I highlighted in the image above to an ice cream treat after school. Grownups are rewarded for a job well-done at the office with bonuses or raises, so why shouldn’t kids receive a reward too?
Encourage them. Kids have a need to feel independent. Give them a voice by encouraging them to open up and express their feelings on a particular topic of interest. If they’re younger, let them pick out their outfit for school or items to go in their lunch box.
Focus on strengths. When your child is feeling discouraged, remind them of their strengths. No one is perfect. We all have areas we can improve upon. Remind them how they were able tackle a difficult test last month, or learn a new technique with ease at dance class. This may just give them the supportive boost they needed to work through their problem.
Lead by example. Remind yourself that kids are always watching. It’s how they learn. If you struggle with time management, they may also learn that behavior and begin to turn homework in late, or be late to important family activities. Be mindful of your words too. Make an effort to use manners and have a respectful tone when speaking to them, so they will be motivated to do the same.
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I did my own experiment by asking my boys 3 questions about parenting. Here’s what they had to say:
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