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How to motivate children in ways that count

  • Show interest in what your child is learning and doing.
  • Talk about the content of what children are learning rather than what grades they are getting – ask what and why they are learning. In sports jargon, this means not defining success in terms of winning or losing, but rather in terms of what skills the child has learned.

This builds long-term self-motivation in place of short-term, stress-filled motivation.