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How to motivate a child?

Every child is special and are gifted with some unique qualities. Some of these qualities are evident; some come to the fore as the kids start growing into their teens. And while they grow, they carry some dreams inside them. These dreams and desires are usually influenced by the surroundings. It can be a television show of Ben 10 or a movie of Spiderman, or a sportsperson like Kobe Bryant and sometimes even their parents or grandparents. But as you see there are very few instances when such dreams see the light of the day. And the reason lies in the way these dreams are shaped, the way the positive energy and thoughts a child carries in his heart are shaped.

Be it a game of tennis or a singing competition, even though your child is good, he may have to face rejection and failure. This is the time when parents have to motivate the child so that he takes the failure part optimistically and gears up for the challenges. Inculcating such positive vibes in a kid can be a tough job as many times children are quite unrelenting and do not give up their perceptions easily. At such times, motivational stories, rewards and encouragement can be very helpful.

I remember how my parents encouraged me to start participating in competitions when I was a kid. Being a shy person, I never used to participate in any competitions in the school or in any other social functions although I was quite good at writing essays and poems. During those days my father introduced me to the lives of legendary persons through books. These books unfurled before me the great efforts these heroes had taken to achieve success and how they went on to overcome their shortcomings and failures and gain huge success in the end.

When I learnt that America’s most famous President, Abraham Lincoln had lost elections eight times, before finally winning Presidential elections and that Michael Jordan was not even selected for his school basketball team, I realized that failures and criticism are not the stumbling blocks, rather they are the lessons that we as children learn so that we can face the next challenge or competition by bringing more improvement in ourselves. What would have happened if Beethoven, the greatest composer of all times would have stopped making compositions when his teacher said that he was a bad composer? The world would have been deprived of such a melodious treasure.

These legendary stories and their motivation have stayed with me till today. Children should be motivated in such a way that the efforts are long lasting and stays with them even when you are not there with them.

About Hardik Parikh

Hardik Parikh is the Co-founder of PracTutor. PracTutor is a personalized fun way to master Common Core Math and English. All kids – whether they need intervention, accelerated learning or career and college readiness – can achieve their goals within PracTutor.
  • paola

    thanks for sharing this, I have found it great for childs and adults. 
    Crisis and difficulties are opportunities to change, to evolve, to improve, to learn, to develop. Seeding this mindset in a child will make him/her an adult able to give value to these opportunities that life present to all, but that some people only consider as heavy problems impossible to come out from.

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