The first nine weeks of school is fast coming to a close in school systems across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Middle school parents, in particular, will be scratching their heads wondering just how to get their middle schoolers motivated for the last three-quarters of the school year.
The website, www.tutorfi/com provides seven ways to boost your child’s motivation which tends to go waning once the middle school years begin. Always remember this – you may not like all the things your middle school child does, but you always love them!
Show love and patience: As parents, it’s our job to make patience and love the top priority. Displaying this love and patience set the stage for how your children, as students, receive and retain educational information. Foundational support and verbal encouragement are key elements in motivating your child to develop interests and skills that he will use in his lifetime.
Provide boundaries: Provide and encourage boundaries. Discuss certain TV programs, music and video games with your child. Know your child’s friends and the activities in which they are engaged. Guide them on ways to make good decisions about their lives.
Be a role model: Be the example for your child by showing a continued interest in their education. Encourage her to develop proper and productive study and organizational skills. Do not hesitate to communicate to her that you are also in the continual process in your parenting and career skills as learning is a lifelong process.
Teach responsibility: Teach your child accountability and responsibility be providing areas with attainable goals. Teach your child to finish the tasks he has set out to accomplish. Reward completed tasks and encourage continued growth.
Provide variety: Offer your child a varied range of life experiences. Help her realize the smorgasbord of subjects education has to offer. Utilize resources for fresh and fulfilling educational memories.
Acknowledge peer pressure: Stay up-to-date with the many potential negative behaviors to which your child will be exposed. Culture continues to offer potentially harmful activities that can be hidden in plain sight. Know the pressures your child faces on a daily basis and help him distinguish between helpful and harmful endeavors.
Talk with your child: Communication between you and your child is key. Understand that your child faces many issues that are of supreme importance to them. As her parent, she is looking to you fro understanding and guidance. Be both honest and humble. Never be afraid to let her know you don’t always know the answer; still, assure her you will always search for a resolution. Listen with intensity even if you do not share her intensity.
Each of us needs to constantly remind ourselves that we are not perfect, nor do our children expect us to be. If we attempt to utilize available resources for guiding and encouraging our middle school children, hopefully we will see them succeed in the educational process.