Teens can sometimes be hard to get motivated. Believe me, I know. It seems that some of them reach a 'magical age' when they think it acceptable behaviour to become a lounge lizard and expect everything to be handed to them at their beck and call. On a silver platter no less.
I have had moments when I could literally pull my own hair out at the attitudes of my teens and their lack of motivation sometimes, normal ? yes of course, and I am certain that I did the same to my own mother more than once.....
There are always many distractions in a teens life (not all of them bad) and I guess the trick is to keep a healthy balance between study/training, fun and games. Everyone's mind wonders and we all need a break sometimes and teens are no different.
My best tips to keeping my teens motivated, and myself sane (even though it doesn't always work)
*Always encourage them to do their best.
*Let them know that even though they may not have achieved the best result that they are capable of, you are still proud of their effort, but that next time with a little more applied effort their result maybe even better.
*Try to stay calm (yeah hard I know) but loosing the plot when your teen puts up barriers can do more harm then good. I have learnt this the hard way.
*Talk-talking is the ultimate tool, make sure your teen knows your there for them and always available to them.
*Don't stress LOL I know, I know but in the end your teen will surprise you, at times they/we all lack motivation, but in the end when it really counts they will pull through and can achieve the unachievable. Never loose doubt or confidence in your teen, no matter what, they WILL make you proud.
*Remember that ultimately, your teen is responsible for his/her own choices.
Motivation is the key to success, and as far as your teen is concerned it will click in. It may be a little later then we may like it to, but click it will and when it does everything will fall into place and we wonder what all the fuss was about :)
How do you keep your teen motivated ?
I would love some more tips so that I can get through the remaining teen years with at least some hair !
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