In a world full of selfies and 15 minutes of fame, how do we raise children who are motivated to succeed without rewards and recognition? How do we instill in them the importance of hard work and the value of feeling happy with a job well done?
From an early age, many children begin to expect gifts or monetary rewards for accomplishing goals. This practice takes away the lesson of teaching children how to become intrinsically motivated. We want our now elementary students to one day work hard in college because they feel proud of turning in a great research paper, not simply do the minimum work required to pass the class.
So, how do we raise children who have this intrinsic motivation? Here are 5 simple ways you can begin to teach your child that hard work is sometimes a reward in and of itself.
Intrinsic motivation is a key attribute of highly successful people. Creating a household where motivation is driven by the joy of hard work instead of rewards will help your child develop the skills he or she needs to be a successful adult.
Ms. Elizabeth is our director and fully believes in providing each child an individualized education that allows freedom for creativity and imagination while still acquiring the necessary skills to be successful in the world.