HOW DO I KEEP MY CHILD MOTIVATED

HOW DO I KEEP MY CHILD MOTIVATED

HOW DO I KEEP MY CHILD MOTIVATED

            Sometimes parents, especially parents of very young children, mention to us that the kids complain about coming to class.  The parents acknowledge that the kids like class once they are here; yet the parents worry that maybe the child is losing interest.

 

            In many cases, the child is not telling you he doesn’t like his classes.  Often, he is demonstrating that he is “present focused.”  At early stages of development, kids are not always able to project their thinking into the future, and weigh the potential for future enjoyment.  For example, if you offered a young child a dollar now, or ten dollars in a month, they probably will choose the dollar.  This is immediate gratification.  They have not developed their ability to visualize benefits and goals that they will be achieving in the future.  To deal with this, first of all, understand that the child may be delighted with the lessons, and still demonstrate this behavior. 

 

MY CHILD COMPLAINS ABOUT COMING TO CLASS. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

 

            Talk with your child…not when he is complaining, but at a later time.  Explain to your child that you will no longer accept complaints about his commitment to karate…that if he has a specific complaint, he should speak to his instructor or Master Godwin.  By doing this, you are eliminating any complaining that is just complaining and you have given him a grown up approach to addressing any real problems!  Our program will educate and motivate your child to have a positive attitude about achieving goals, both short and long term.  In order for us to do this we must have a firm commitment from the parents to present the child twice each week.  If your child complains, hold up your hands and say, “you made a commitment to attend karate class twice every week for a year.  I will no longer accept complaints.  If you have complaints about your classes, let’s set up a time to speak with one of the instructors!”  When your child does come without complaining, let him know how much this pleases you!  Being firm and consistent now will get good results.  As the children mature, they will benefit from understanding delayed gratification!!

 



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