Dorothy Rich, the author of MegaSkills says, "Children are born motivated, not bored. They come out into the world eager, reaching, looking, touching -- and that's what we want them to keep on doing."
She continues, "Just outside our front door is a world of experiences waiting to delight even the child who complains bitterly, 'There's nothing to do around here.'"
Rich explains, "We want children to do things, eager to learn. We want them to do schoolwork and household jobs without a lot of nagging. We wish they would say, 'Yes,' more than they say, 'No.'"
"Sorry to say, there is no medicine that turns an apathetic youngster into one bubbling with enthusiasm," says Rich.
"Parents [and caregivers] can help with activities that generate a child's excitement for learning. But children have to catch this fire and start fueling up on their own," she explains.
In the book Rich writes, "Attitude counts for so much. The youngster with an IQ of 160 might not study or get good marks while the kids who keeps plugging away receives good marks and goes on to do what innately gifts cannot accomplish."
She continues, "How do people become motivated? I think it has a lot to do with catching a feeling or excitement, or some one thing that gets us going, has us saying to ourselves, 'I want to learn more about this' or "I want to be better at this.'"
"Certainly we can't catch "fire" for our kids," says Rich, "But they can catch some of our fire or the fire of those in the vicinity."
All this week we will share activities from the book MegaSkills that help children gain the sense of discipline it takes to stay motivated, to work against discouragement, and to face competition and challenge.
How do you get kids motivated to do their schoolwork or household jobs?