motivation

How do you change a child’s behavior?

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Changing a Child’s Behavior As a retired school counselor, I often answer questions on various forums about children and behavior.  A question that comes up repeatedly for all ages and in various forms is how to motivate children and create change. Educators wonder how to get children to apply themselves and care about learning the…

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How to raise responsible, self-reliant children

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Helping Kids Develop a Can Do Attitude I often hear teachers and parents alike lament that the students today have little intrinsic motivation and initiative. Certainly as a school counselor, I  often presented lessons on being responsible. When asked what it means to be responsible, children usually have a good idea. They would identify tasks like…

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how to develop motivation in kids

In today’s educational environment, we are more aware than ever that student motivation and engagement is essential for lasting learning. I can’t tell you how many times as a school counselor, I had discussions with teachers, parents and kids about being motivated. However, I’m afraid we rarely discussed how important intrinsic motivation is vs. extrinsic…

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children who feel entitled

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The one phrase that changes an entitlement mindset Ever wonder how we could wind up with a whole generation of kids who feel entitled? Entitled to good grades without having to work and study for them. Entitled to a spot on the team or in the organization without having to practice and prove themselves. Entitled to…

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teaching kids not to give up

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Kids and Motivation Do you have a student who gives up easily? Is her philosophy that if she can’t succeed right away, then there’s no point in trying? Does he always anticipate failure when faced with an obstacle? We all face challenges and difficulty from time to time. What makes the difference between someone who…

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Why you can’t motivate kids…

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How to inspire children to love learning Practice the piano. Do your homework! Clean up your room! Follow directions without reminders. How much of your time as an educator or parent is spent trying to motivate your students or children? What if someone told you that trying to motivate someone doesn’t work? What if there…

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