How do you motivate your kids?

@mazo77 (20)
United States
March 21, 2007 8:59am CST
My 10 year old son came home with a not-so-good progress report last week. His first like this ever. He's understanding the material, he just isn't giving 100%. He's rushing to get the work done, or doing the least amount of work possible to get it done. He usually gets this way around this time every year.... I have some things I'm going to try, but what do you do to motivate your kids?
3 responses
@limosonia1 (1559)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I usually build an incentive plan for the kids. It's kind of like a real job sometimes you just get bored and need to be motivated but if you are working towards a goal you tend to do your job better. Set goals that you both can be happy with. With a reward to work towards at the end. It doesn't have to be anything big just something that makes everybody happy.
@mazo77 (20)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Thanks! We've tried that, but it doesn't seem to be working. We're thinking of taking away some of the things he really loves (video games/the computer) every time he does poorly on something.
• United States
21 Mar 07
That also works. When all else fails. I had to do that to my oldest but it was because of his mouth being disrespectful. Everytime he was he lost something. He has made a big change since he loves his stuff.
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
21 Mar 07
This is very typical for 10 yr olds~ especially boys. I have been dealing with this issue with my son and he just turned 13. I have tried bribary, punnishment, being more strict, being more leanient. I have just come to the conclusion that he realizes he can skim by so he does only what is needed. He did join the basketball team this year and I told him if his grades werent up he wouldn't play~ and surprise! His grades went up. Basketball is over now, so I will be telling him the same about track.
@mazo77 (20)
• United States
21 Mar 07
My mom did the same thing for me...and it worked! I took dance lessons as a kid, and she took them away whenever I had a bad report. Thanks for sharing.......good to know that I'm not alone!
@nil_secl (33)
• India
25 Mar 07
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