When your child is young, you probably spend much of your time reminding him what to do, praising him for a job well done, and motivating him through words, sticker charts, and other rewards. However, this style of external motivation should only last for a short time before your child is able to start motivating himself internally. The internally motivated child will generally be happy and have high self-esteem. He will most likely be a confident, independent learner who will grow into a leader one day. Here are some ways to increase the personal motivation of your child from a young age.
Encourage the Right Attitudes
A motivated child is generally an optimistic person who is able to deal with setbacks without feeling too discouraged. This will also breed an attitude of persistence and patience.
When your child is very young, you will specifically need to praise certain achievements, letting your child know that you see what he has done. These occasional celebrations will help your child have something positive for which to aim over the years.
Help Children Find What Interests Them
It is difficult for children to feel motivated by something that frightens or bores them. Find one or two activities or subjects at which your child excels, and consider creative ways to integrate this knowledge into everyday life.
Let Children Be Independent
While giving guidance is still important at all ages, your child does not need you to hover over him as he gets older. Independence can take time, but you can help your child start learning to work on his own and think for himself. Getting your child involved in a new community, such as a drama club or a sports team, may help.