Motivating Your Child

by cheri sabraw

At some point in every student’s first month of school, he or she trudges into the house defeated. Depending upon the age and sex of the student, this “defeat” manifests itself in crying, yelling, sulking, throwing a backpack across the kitchen, or defiantly announcing that she has decided to pursue massage therapy instead of electrical engineering.

What happened to that clear-eyed, smiling little person who left home in new clothes on the first day of school? Some event, major or minor, has crushed her optimism or dampened his enthusiasm. Now is the time for you, an insightful parent, to motivate your son or daughter. Consider this little story.

When student Fred Smith proposed and outlined his idea for a reliable overnight delivery service, this is what his Yale University professor said to him, Well, Fred, the concept is interesting and well formed, but in order to earn better than a “C” grade, your ideas also have to be feasible. As you may or may not know, Fred Smith is the founder of Federal Express. Good thing he didn’t listen to his professor.

Students of all ages need continual encouragement from siblings, parents, and teachers. They do not need adults who “rain on their parades.”

Consider the words of President Calvin Coolidge Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not…education will not…persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

So, when you notice your child’s eyes darken, her smile fades, or his confidence wanes, remember to be motivational rather than critical.

About Cheri

Writer, artist, cable television host, grandmother to four!
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