Motivating elementary students
In addition to your encouragement, you can help your children do their best in elementary school or outside activities by:
- Showing love.
Provide support and encourage your children to develop their interests.
- Teaching responsibility.
Encourage your children to be responsible for chores, completing homework assignments, and taking on community activities; acknowledge good decisions that they have made.
- Being a role model.
Show that you value education and exhibit the values and behavior you hope your children will develop.
- Providing your children with a range of experiences.
Encourage a wide range of experiences - through sports, music, volunteer activities, and travel. These will allow your children to discover and develop their strengths, bolstering their self-confidence and motivation to do more.
- Talking to your children.
Talk to your children about their day, activities, schoolwork, friends, and interests. Listen to your children and discuss the topics that are important to them even if those topics are not important to you.
- Being aware of potential issues.
Know and understand the problems and pressures your children may face; seek help when you are concerned that the problem will not be resolved.