By Cristina Arnold, REDBOOK
How do you motivate your kids to do their best work in school without putting too much pressure on them? Child psychologists Dr. Laurie and Dr. Frank Zelinger shared four tips that work-plus two popular tactics that don't.
1. Recognize Improvement
When a child repeatedly receives bad grades, motivate him with positive statements like: "You answered three more questions correctly on this test!" Teach your child that grades are signs of improvement in school (and even the smallest positive change counts).
2. See Things From Their Perspective
As tempting as it might be, refrain from lecturing your child when he receives low grades. Instead, ask him how his bad grades make him feel. This makes the child feel responsible for his own performance in school (increasing motivation) as well as giving you an insight into his school life (especially if he needs extra help on a subject).
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