Today's Tip for Families

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Tap Into Your Child's Inner Motivation

Remember when your child first learned to walk? There was probably some struggling and stumbling and holding on to you. But finally, your child took a step all alone. Not to earn stickers on a chart or some other reward. Your child wanted to learn to walk. That's internal motivation, and it's something all kids are born with.

Children's internal motivation doesn't always translate to their schoolwork or responsibilities at home, however. The same child who will practice free throws for hours gets bored after five minutes of math problems.

Sometimes, parents offer rewards—more screen time, more playtime. But those external rewards only work for a little while. A better way is to tap into children's internal motivation.

Here's how:

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West Point Consolidated School District

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