M is for MOTIVATION.
Some days are harder than others to get ourselves motivated. Sometimes we have all the best intentions to accomplish all of the things, but at the end of the day we hardly make a dent on that list. As a mom, I know this can be a real struggle. I am working on letting certain things go, saying no and being happy with whatever gets accomplished that day. Personally, I do better with a check list or sticky notes to keep myself focused.
For children, we can help them learn to be self-motivated through positive reinforcement. I believe that all people love to hear that they are doing a good job. I’d rather hear those comments than have someone give me something. Things are nice of course, but those comments stay with us longer and become part of our internal identify.
It is also important that we help teach children to be motivated even when they do not want to do something or when something is a challenge. As an adult, I HATE cleaning bathrooms. I love a clean bathroom, but hate doing it. During the pandemic, my mother-in-law introduced me to audiobooks through our library. Now, I still don’t enjoy cleaning bathrooms, but I am more motivated to do it when I am able to make progress in a book I am listening to. There’s always a to-do list, there is always work to be done, stay focused, stay motivated and also accept that some days are harder than others…and that is ok.
Here is a great list of books to help the children in your life learn more about motivation and inspiration.
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