How to Motivate Children to Achieve?
By Andrew Loh
All children have their own special way of doing things. All of them
perform some tasks or assignments because they want to carry out them.
In fact, they do them out of their self-initiative and due to an
internal drive that tells them to do certain things. No one tells them
what to do, neither their parents nor peers. An intense intrinsic
motivation or deep urge helps them to do all these things. All children
simply love to make their own choices, prefer doing some work to satisfy
their choices and finally satisfy their ego with a thinking that they
were able to achieve those goals. All these activities are always linked
to self-generated motivation, and are self-driven until such a time,
children do not want to carry on with those activities.
Sometimes, children also perform activities because parents and teachers
instruct them to do so. Alternatively, they may also do activities just
to please their parents. In other words, the motivation to do all these
tasks emanate from a source that lies outside the children's mind. In
exchange for the satisfactory completion of work, children will expect
some forms for rewards from their parents. Unfortunately, children who
are externally motivated by other sources always expect it to be
supplied to them along with rewards.
Extrinsic motivation is always temporary. It cannot sustain for longer durations just because it
relies on momentary rewards given at every instance of successful
completion of a task. Not all children who do some activities out of
extrinsic motivation may achieve the desired results. In other words,
such children will not apply their minds while doing any work and
whatever work they are just out of compulsion.
On the other hand, intrinsically motivated children do their work out of an internal
desire and self-generated initiative. In fact, such work is always
rewarding for them, and it sustains for a long duration. Children, who
learn by self-driven motivation, are always productive and result
oriented. An intrinsic motivation would help children perform better in
their classroom and out of it. Both information storage and retrieval
are superior among children who work with self-motivation. In addition,
these children also work with unbridled joy and enthusiasm. Parents
could do a lot to drive motivation among their children. They could
provide numerous options while assisting children to boost intrinsic
All children who display a high level of internal motivation often display
some prominent behavioral characters. Here are some of them:
Ounces of Persistence
Persistence is a great quality that will help a person to develop an
ability to stay behind an assigned task for longer durations. However,
young children may not have the ability to stay on a given task for a
long time unlike adults who can pursue with any task for a sustained
period. In spite of this weakness, some children are more involved with
any task when compared to children who can stop working on a task just
after stating it. Parents may teach the character of perseverance by
offering their children tasks, those are intimidating and overwhelming.
In fact, children tend to develop patience and perseverance after
completing a series of easy tasks and assignments.
Options and Choices for Challenges
Options for choosing increasingly complicated challenges are a prominent attribute of
motivation between children. Children who taste success in meeting a
simple challenge will look forward to meet another challenge that is
little tougher than the earlier one. A one-time incidence of achieving
success would act as a precursor to boost internal motivation between
children. In turn, this will lead to working on increasingly tougher
challenges, and children would keep boosting motivational levels. On the
contrary, children who lack motivation, often seek satisfaction by
completing mundane, and easy tasks and assignments, and they may never
get satisfaction from their success. Children who lack proper
motivational levels to perform any task may fail in their classroom.
The Extent of Dependency on Parents and Teachers
Some children are too dependent on their parents and teachers. More
often, they seek constant parental intervention to perform any tasks or
assignments. They are dependant, and seek protection from their parents
and teachers. The quality of independent thinking has a lot of bearing
on learning; children who possess intrinsic motivation are good in
independent thinking which makes them confident and courageous.
Children, who are intrinsically motivated, are emotionally strong and stable. Two
characteristic set them, apart from children, who display very poor
emotional intelligence - emotionally stronger children enjoy doing their
work, and they show deep levels of satisfaction while doing it.
Boosting motivation among young children is a challenging task. However,
parents will have access to a series of techniques and methods to boost
motivation among their children. Continue to read
How to Motivate Children to Achieve - Catalyzing an Internal Urge to Succeed in Life.