Motivating your child in youth sports is not exactly an exact science; it’s more like an art form.
It’s trial and error. Give and take. Sometimes it takes a lot of guesswork. It’s a learning process for parents as much as it is for kids because every child is different and every child responds differently to motivational tactics.
Motivating Your Child Takes More Than a Nice Quote
I love motivational quotes. They resonate in my heart and mind.
Failure is not falling down, but refusing to get up.
I’m gonna make the rest of my life the best of my life.
You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
Yes, I’ve used them on my kids, but quite honestly, they didn’t really do much to light a fight under their butts. All the motivational quotes in the world will not really push anyone who’s struggling with motivation from deep down inside.
Maybe you’ve tried yelling, bribery, comparison, reverse psychology, threats and preaching. Did any of them work for you? I’m guessing none of them produced long-lasting results.
What it takes to motivate your child is as individual as your child. There is no one-size-fits-all formula for motivating kids.
However, no matter what your child’s personality is and no matter why type of parent you are, there are four foundational truths that should be used by all parents who are seeking to motivate their kids. Continue Reading.
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