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Parent Blog

Motivation comes naturally when a task is exciting and engaging for your child. However, as your child grows and is faced with less appealing tasks, it can be hard to keep up their motivation! Don’t worry! There are a few ways you can help.


Follow their lead

  • Your child will naturally be motivated to participate in tasks that interest them.
  • Incorporate less appealing tasks into something that already motivates your child!
    • For example, if your child loves art but is not keen on math, try finger painting numbers!


Engage in social interaction

  • Join your child in play and learning. Sometimes a task is less daunting when someone is participating with you!
  • Get other children involved so your child is more engaged.


Set achievable goals

  • Asking your child to do a too-easy task leads to a lack of motivation because the task becomes boring.
  • Similarly, asking your child to do a task that is not achievable or unrealistic leads to a lack of motivation because it feels like the goal is not within reach no matter the amount of work your child puts in.
  • Set small, achievable goals that build to accomplishing a larger goal!


Praise the process rather than the outcome

  • Praise your child’s efforts even if they are unable to complete the task!


If your child shows motivation but struggles with focus or other obstacles, talk to your child’s pediatrician and care team.

Check out our blog on Self-Regulating Activities for your child!


Resources for this article include Harvard University, Child Mind Institute, and U.S. News.