How to Motivate Your Kids: School Edition

13 October, 2016

By now, your kids are entrenched in their back-to-school routine. Wake-up call is at 6 a.m. sharp, catch the bus by 7, alternate between football and band after-school practices, homework is done before dinner and by 9 p.m. everyone is ready for bed. With what can become the mundane ins and outs of the school year, how can you keep your kids motivated to do their best and not just punch the clock on their education?

While every child is different, Lulalu has some tips on motivating kids to enjoy school.

1. Recognize their achievements. This is especially important if you have a child who is not interested/not excelling in academics. By recognizing even the smallest of accomplishments, you will inspire your child to want to achieve more, which can lead to better study habits and stronger application. One way to do this is by hanging their work on the refrigerator — whether it’s a piece of art or a math test. Lulalu Fridge Clips are perfect for displaying work on stainless steel refrigerators, glass, mirrors and any other nonporous surfaces.

2. Be engaged. One of the biggest reasons children do not succeed in school is that their parents do not know what is going on. If you are unaware of their homework assignments, projects and test dates, you cannot check in to make sure everything is being completed. While some parents prefer not to hover, make sure you are engaging your children in conversation every day about what they are learning.

3. Teach work-life balance. Studies show that millennials in particular are struggling with work-life balance — often choosing their careers over starting families and refusing to take their allotted vacation time. Start teaching your kids now how to balance school work with a healthy lifestyle, which includes exercise, outside hobbies and plenty of rest. The best way to teach this behavior? Lead by example.

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