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Are You Missing out on Motivating Your Teen?

Teens want to feel connected and empowered. But, many times teens are susceptible to those whispers of insecurity which often rob them of their motivation. All parents want to see their teen motivated and succeeding in school and life. Yet, the question is... HOW? Motivating a teen isn't based on concrete scientific facts, it's trial and error, it's determination, and fundamentally - it's love. But, the bottom line is that teens need their parents to be involved. Every teen is different, but here are a few tried and true methods to motivate that have worked for us.

  • Show your love. Find a way that isn't completely "weird" to let them know you love them.
  • Encourage. Complement their efforts and not their talents or traits.
  • Challenge. Make it fun. Bet them that they can... Dare them to...
  • See the future. It's difficult for them to think 15 minutes into the future, but help them see that what they do now will help them do what they want to do in the future.
  • Break it up. Sometimes the task seems too big to ever accomplish. Break it into do-able baby steps.
  • Small successes. Provide opportunities for them to succeed. This will build their confidence.
  • Connect. Find positive mentors or even an apprenticeship to help them connect with someone who will inspire.
  • Reinvest. Look at the things that they are passionate about. Find something that they could go further or deeper with that would showcase their efforts.
  • Peers. Use positive peer pressure to help them see that their efforts are not in vain.

- Jamie @ Let's Homeschool Highschool

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