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10 Tips to Motivate the Children: The Role of Parents and Teachers

Being a parent and teacher,Chitrangada writes with practical understanding and experience about parenting issues and also provides solutions

It’s important to motivate and encourage the children.

It’s important to motivate and encourage the children.

Motivation for children is important

Motivation for children is important

Motivation: An important key to success for the children

A familiar incident

The CBSE 10th Board examination results were declared, and Priya did not achieve high percentage of marks, as was being expected.

The poor girl was completely heart broken. The real problem was, that she had to prepare herself, for the forthcoming competitive entrance examinations, for medical and engineering, and some other qualifying examinations.

How she will perform in those entrance tests, was her greatest worry, as her whole future career was dependent on that.

Where to get that Motivation, to start the studies again?

Another Example

Anita was an average student, and used to get low grades in her class tests and weekly assessments. She was especially poor in Mathematics.
The trouble was, that whenever her results were declared, her teacher‘s remarks in front of the whole class embarrassed her. So much so, that she was scared of mathematics, and did not feel motivated at all, to even try and study it.

But, mathematics being an important and scoring subject, there was no escape for her either.
Where can she get the motivation to study this subject, which she always wanted to avoid?

Who Can Help?

The children are tender in age and not as mature as the adults. As such, they need some kind of emotional support, from their parents and teachers, in such situations.

Even we elders, want someone to hold our hand, pat our shoulders, in the times of stress or difficult situations.
Don't we?

Then, isn't it quite obvious, that we, as parents and teachers, must provide that much needed 'Motivation' to our children, in their distressful times?

Motivation is very important for kids

Motivation is very important for kids

Motivation should begin, right from the beginning

  • Motivating the child, right from the beginning, from the very tender age, can play an important part, in boosting his or her morale and consequently, bring out the best, from them.
  • Both the parents and the teachers, have to lay a strong foundation, for the child in this regard.
  • Their guidance, from the very early years, would bring out the best, and raise the bar, of the children's academic, or other performances.
  • Here, it‘s important to mention, that identifying the true potential of the child, and polishing them accordingly, should be the focus, of the parents and the teachers.
  • Each and every child is gifted, if not in one field, then may be in another field.
  • The motivational guidance, and the supportive atmosphere, and the conducive environment, can help them, to extend their talent, towards the World of opportunities.
  • This later on grows and develops, and becomes a passion, among some of the children.

Motivational Quotes:

“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts."

~~~ Albert Einstein

The parents and the teachers have a significant role in motivating the children.

The parents and the teachers have a significant role in motivating the children.

10 Tips on, how to motivate the children

The role of the parents and the teachers

  1. Letting the child discover his/ her talents, and interests, is one way.
  2. Paying attention to the activities, which the child performs, or chooses to perform, at the home or in the school, gives an indication, and that should be supported, and nurtured, by the parents and the teachers.
  3. Exposure to different, challenging and enjoyable activities, can develop curiosity, and the child may get inclined towards the subject.
  4. The child should be allowed, and encouraged, to take the decisions for himself/ herself, independently.
  5. This will help him/ her, to develop the self confidence, and also the child would be able to correct the mistakes.
  6. Make it a point to give honest feedback, and suggest methods and ways of improvement.
  7. Appreciation of a task well completed is very important, whether by the parents or the teachers.
  8. This will help in boosting the morale of the child.
  9. Proper guidance in the right direction, along with considerable freedom, helps the young and curious minds, of the children.

Motivational Quotes:

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."

~~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Motivation by parents and teachers is important for success of children

Motivation by parents and teachers is important for success of children

Motivation: Can the schools help?

Many schools organise various activities, which provide a platform, to the students with different opportunities, that attract their attention.

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This also encourages them, to be adventurous, imaginative and creative.

These may include, some group activities and mass participation.

Besides, the experts in various fields or subjects, other tools and resources are also made available.

This helps the observant teachers and the school, to identify, to mould, to nurture and to encourage the child, in a particular subject or field, of his/ her interest.

Interactive sessions, can further help in this regard.

To Conclude:

It has been observed that the participation, and the motivational words, do help in the success of the child.

By providing the exposure to certain situations, where the child is required to prove, his/ her potential, and complete the challenging tasks, the choices of the child, can be determined.

This helps the child, to take the right decision, with the motivation and support, of the parents and the teachers.

Both the parents and the teachers, are therefore, equally responsible, in paving the way, for a child's success, in the career, and in the future life.

Motivating school kids, source: You tube

Parenting tips on 'Motivation', source: You tube

Some Suggested Readings

1. Ways to Motivate your kids, Via Parents

2. Developing child, Via Harvard Education

3. Science proven steps to motivate your child, via Parenting for brain

4. Motivating children, via Education corner

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2015 Chitrangada Sharan

Do you think 'Motivation' is important for children? Share your views in the Comments section.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 08, 2017:

Thank You Ericdierker for following this hub and reading this again!

I understand that you care a lot about children's issues. Looking forward to read your hub on homework.

Have a great day!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 08, 2017:

I am glad I stayed following this. With the new comment I came back for another read. Great stuff here. I am writing a hub on homework right now.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 08, 2017:

Thank You Diana for your kind visit and comments!

I agree with your views that children should be encouraged and not constantly criticised. This demotivates them and they lose their confidence.

Thanks for sharing your valuable thoughts here!

Diana Abrahamson on June 07, 2017:

Children need encouragement at all times. This builds up their self worth. Criticism breaks down and does not add to the child's self esteem.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 16, 2015:

Thank you Padmajah, for reading and appreciating this hub!

Glad you liked it. Motivating children is really very important and I say this because I have experienced it as a mother and as a teacher.

Thank you for sharing it as well!

Padmajah Badri from India on October 15, 2015:

A very nice and informative hub highlighting the importance of motivation at all levels.Nicely written.Sharing the same.Happy Writing!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on October 12, 2015:

Thank you Ireno Alcala, for your kind visit and positive comments!

You are absolutely right that parents are the first teachers. And they continue to guide, inspire and motivate us even after we are grown ups. Motivational words from the parents and teachers do help in success of the child.

Thank you and have a good day!

Ireno Alcala from Bicol, Philippines on October 11, 2015:

I look up to my parents as my first teachers. An endless questions of what, who,where, when, why and how were answered patiently by my parents. My teachers, being parents themselves, added valuable ideas and knowledge and molded my personality as a grown-up person.

Thank you, ma'm for sharing this hub.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 06, 2015:

Thank you izettl, for your kind visit and positive feedback!

I agree with your views that parents or teachers do not have enough time to devote to each and every child. But they can identify those children who are in real need for motivation.

In any case teaching or parenting an intelligent child is much easier compared to teaching or bringing up the average or below average kids. I believe we as parents should focus more on such children.

I remember my days --- Its very difficult for a mother to feel satisfied for what she is doing for her kids. May be you are passing through that phase but believe me your efforts and commitment will give positive results in future and you will be a proud and satisfied mother when you see your kids prosper in their lives.

Wish you all the best and thank you for the follow!

L Izett from The Great Northwest on August 05, 2015:

Well written article. I think time is an important factor. With lots of students in class teachers have little time to identify the interests and motivate each kid satisfactorily. Also parents work more with less time to spend with kids. I work form home to be able to spend time with the kids but it's harder to find the time to work when I do it from home and I still don't feel like I give them the time they need.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 19, 2015:

Thank you Mary, for reading and commenting on this hub!

Glad to learn that you were brought up in an encouraging atmosphere by your parents and you followed the same path for your children.

Motivating children becomes all the more important these days as there is so much of competition in every field. Its so normal for kids to loose direction. Both parents and teachers have to work hard along with the child for achieving success.

Thanks for voting up and sharing!

Mary Hyatt from Florida on April 18, 2015:

I was fortunate to grow up with parents who never stopped encouraging me to do better in school and in life. I have tried very hard to motivate my own children in the same way. Yes, we all need motivation; especially children.

Voted this UP and shared.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 18, 2015:

Thank you aviannovice, for your kind visit and comments!

I think it is the busy lifestyle today or the lack of sincerity on the part of both parents and teachers that may be responsible for the concern you have raised here.

Hope things improve soon. Thanks!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on April 18, 2015:

It makes me wonder if kids missed motivational work over the past ten years, as it is hard to get some of them to do much of anything in some fields of work.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 16, 2015:

Thank you Suzette Walker, for your wonderful and insightful comments!

You understand this more deeply because you are a teacher.

As a mother and as a teacher I have seen the positive effects of motivating and encouraging children. These young minds need it at this stage of their lives and we have a responsibility to provide that.

Many thanks for voting up and sharing the hub!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 16, 2015:

Thank you Nithya, for reading and commenting!

Glad you liked this hub. I agree motivation begins at home, followed by school. Both parents and teachers have a great role to perform in shaping the future of the child.

Thanks again!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on April 14, 2015:

I can't agree with you more about motivation. Both parents and teachers are essential to motivating children to believe that yes, they can learn and can achieve their dreams. It has to start at a young age and continue until adulthood. Self-motivation is also something children and students can exhibit also. Excellent article and I enjoyed reading this. Voted up + and shared.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 14, 2015:

Motivation should begin at home and should be carried on in school by teachers. Children need a lot of motivation to keep going. Great hub.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 14, 2015:

Thank you word55, for sharing your thoughts on this hub!

I believe that children need guidance and emotional support at this young age of their life. They are not sure, confident and they may be apprehensive. Parents and teachers need to encourage them, motivate them and prepare them for the various challenges of life.

Thanks again!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 14, 2015:

Thank you Harishprasad ji, for your valuable comments!

You are right that this is very important for both parents and teachers to support, encourage and motivate the children. They are too young and need a helping hand at this stage of their life.

Many thanks for stopping by, sharing and voting up!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 14, 2015:

Thank you Aliur, for reading this article and sharing your thoughts!

While reading your comments, I was reminded of the days when my children were the same age as yours. Appearing in competitive entrance examinations, especially in the Indian context, where there is so much cut throat competition , requires lot of hard work, perseverance, time management and of course the motivation and encouragement of parents and teachers.

I am glad your parents and teachers are supportive. Wish you all the best for your forthcoming examinations. Be confident and keep your calm.

Thanks for voting up!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 14, 2015:

Thank you Suzanne Day, for your kind visit and comments!

Glad you liked this subject. I can tell with full certainty that motivation is very important for children. I have experienced its positive effects as a teacher and as a mother.

Thanks again for voting up!

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on April 14, 2015:

This is very good CS, motivation starts from home, the parents. Children trust in the parents first. They start out depending on the parents for everything. They must be encouraged the most by the parents. You are on the money.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on April 13, 2015:

This is such an important issue, and you have brilliantly elaborated on all aspects of it. This is very useful not only to be read by students but teachers and parents as well. Parents' role is crucial , but teachers can really mould the personalities of students to a great extent. Voted up and shared.

Aliur on April 13, 2015:

Nice article M'am. :) Love reading it. As a student and being at the same stage of doing board exams and then preparing for entrance for MBBS these days, I also might feel a bit gloomy sometimes but I always speak my heart out to my parents and one of my teacher, who always make a way for me. And then again I'm able to face it! :) Voted for the article.

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on April 13, 2015:

This is so important for children in general. Our society is not really good at encouraging confidence and allowing people to develop at a natural pace, so the more motivation you can give to children, the better off they're going to feel about being rushed and pushed. Voted useful and up!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 05, 2015:

Thank you denise.w.anderson, for reading and sharing your valuable comments!

You are right, parents have the first responsibility to encourage and motivate their children and boost their confidence level. Family is the first school and the parents the first teachers.

Thanks again for your support and positive feedback!

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on April 01, 2015:

Excellent tips on helping children to become successful in school! When I was working in the public school system, it became readily evident when students did not have adequate support from their parents at home. Teachers had to work twice as hard with those students to help them have a desire to learn!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 01, 2015:

Thank you Venkatachari ji, for your kind visit and valuable feedback!

You said it so right that motivation and encouragement is so important for children.

I remember when I was a kid, nothing made me more happy than my parents appreciation for whatever good work I did.

Glad you liked this hub.

Many thanks for voting up!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 01, 2015:

Thank you Faith Reaper, for your valuable feedback!

I agree with you---Bringing up children is a great responsibility and this requires lot of commitment, dedication and sacrifice. It gives me great sense of satisfaction and contentment, when I see my grown up children and my students doing quite well not only in their own lives, but also as useful citizens of the society.

Your comments are always lovely and encouraging. Many thanks for your votes, tweet and pin!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 01, 2015:

Thank you manatita44, for your thoughtful comments!

I agree with you--Parents are the first teachers for the child. In fact they lay down the foundation of the whole personality of the child.

Thanks for sharing your opinion and glad you liked this hub!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 01, 2015:

Thank you Ericdierker, for your thoughtful comments!

You are right, children need to be appreciated and nothing makes them more happy than appreciation by their parents. For them, this in itself is motivation to do even better.

Many thanks for appreciating the hub!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 01, 2015:

Thank you MsDora, for your positive feedback!

You are right---Many of us are teachers and of course parents. It requires lot of effort, dedication and sacrifice to shape the children into good human beings and successful professionals.

I feel content, happy and satisfied to see my children and my students doing well not only in their own lives but also as useful citizens of the society.

Many thanks for your valuable comments and votes!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 01, 2015:

Thank you pagesvoice, for your kind visit!

Teaching needs lot of dedication and commitment, and your wife is a true example of a dedicated teacher. My regards to her.

Teachers and parents have the ability to transform the life of the children in the positive and right direction.

Honored to have your valuable comments!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 01, 2015:

Thank you billybuc, for your kind comments!

Once a teacher, always a teacher! You still motivate every writer here.

Appreciate your support! Glad you liked the hub.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on March 31, 2015:

Very great and useful article. Motivation is the base for any achievement. You have mentioned many interesting and useful tips to accomplish this. It is true that teachers and parents should encourage children by observing and guiding them at right time so that they do not feel insecure and under-estimate themselves losing self-confidence.

Voted up and awesome.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on March 31, 2015:

Motivating children is so important and than you for writing on this important topic. Encouragement to a child makes all the difference in the child's life for affirmation and becoming a well-rounded individual, who is a productive member of society.

Plus love!

Up ++++ tweeting and pinning


manatita44 from london on March 31, 2015:

Yes, motivation is really needed. I feel the parents should come first, but admit that some teachers do a better job. It is all to do with where we are in our development as human beings, our character and consciousness. Great Hub.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 31, 2015:

A very well thought out and thought provoking article. If we strive to encourage a child everyday there is less room for mistakes.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 31, 2015:

Great tips for parents and teachers. Since most of us function in one of these roles most of the times, we can all learn from you. Voted Up and Useful!

Dennis L. Page from New York/Pennsylvania border on March 31, 2015:

My wife has been and continues to be a teacher for 40+ years now. She is committed to her trade and looks forward to her "Little Darlings" every day. Although teachers look forward to their summer vacations, many, like my wife, start preparing for the new school year weeks in advance. Halfway through the summer my wife often starts commenting about how much she misses her kids. She is a true professional, through and through.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 31, 2015:

I was a teacher for eighteen years and kids enjoyed coming to my classes....that should say something. :) Great thoughts here, my friend.

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