7 Ways for Parents to Keep Their Middle School Student Motivated
by Ed Schmidt
7 Ways to Keep your Middle School Student Motivated
1. Show love and patience
As parents, we need to make patience and love a top priority. Displaying this love and patience sets the stage for how they as students receive and retain educational information. Foundational support and verbal encouragement are key elements in motivating your child to develop interests and skills that he/she will use in their lifetime.
2. Provide boundaries
Provide and encourage boundaries. Talk with your child about certain TV programs, video games and music. Be aware of your child's friends and activities that they engage in. Guide them in helping to decide on how to make good decisions about their lives.
3. Be a role model
Be an example for your child by showing a continued interest in their education. Encourage them to develop proper and fruitful study and organizational skills. Don't hesitate to communicate to them that you are also in a continual process of education in your parenting and career skills.
4. Teach responsibility
Teach accountibility and responsibility. Provide areas of attainable goals and teach your child to complete the tasks they have set out to accomplish. Reward finished tasks and encourage continual growth.
5. Give variety
Offer a varied range of life experiences.Life is never just vanilla. Help them to realize the wonderful variety of subjects education has to offer. Utilize resources for fresh and fulfilling educational memories.
6. Acknowledge peer pressure
Keep abreast of life's hazards of potential negative behavior. Culture continues to offer potentially harmful acitivities. Know the pressures your child does face on a daily basis. Help them to distinguish between helpful and harmful endeavors.
7. Talk with your child
Communication is key. Always realize that your child faces many issues that are of supreme importance to them. As their parent, they look to you for understanding and guidance. Be honest and humble. Never be afraid to communicate to them that you don't always know the answer. But do assure them that you will always search for a resolution. Listen even if you don't share their intensity.
We all need to constantly remind ourselves that we are not perfect, nor does our child expect us to be. If we attempt to utilize available resources for guiding and encouraging our middle school children, we hopefully will see them succeed in the educational process.
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