Many parents complain that their children simply aren't motivated to learn. I don't believe this. I feel every child is motivated to learn; we just have to find the key to that motivation.
One of the best ways to discover that key is to simply observe your children when they're having fun. What kinds of things do they like to do? These are the things that motivate them. The trick is taking the excitement and vitality you see when they're having a good time and transplanting it into academic learning. It may not be as difficult as you think.
Say, for example, your child loves doing wheelies on his bike all day. You can take his love of bicycles and help him learn to read by providing him with books about bikes, or you can awaken an interest in mathematics by taking him to the bike store the next time he needs a part and looking at the importance of metric measurements in a bike's instructions.
You can take anything your child loves to do and show him how academic skills can help him learn more about it. Make sure not to impose you ideas on your child or he'll resist. Instead, allow yourself to be led by your child's own interests.
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