If your child has an excellent academic life, he or she is more likely to have a brighter future.
Learning is vital in a child’s life, and it is more of a basic need. Your child needs to learn things, ranging from general knowledge to other advanced knowledge. It can be challenging for some kids to learn, especially if they are not motivated at all. Before you know how to motivate your uninspired child to learn, you should first understand why they are not wanting to learn.
What causes demoralisation in a child?
As a child grows, they tend to be more sensitive, especially at a particular stage.
This means that their way of life can significantly affect their learning motivation. That said, here are some causes of demoralisation in the child:
- Harsh treatment. If a child is slow to learn, and you start shouting and yelling at them, they might end up losing morale and any interest in learning.
- A poor relationship with the teacher. If the relationship is poor, the morale will be poor, and the learning progress will be affected in the long run.
- Difficult assignments. The first thing that the teacherr should know is the level of understanding of the child. If the child is given an assignment that is beyond their ability, the child will lose confidence immediately.
- Lack of self-confidence is another thing that will discourage the child to learn. If they always think they cannot make it, they never will have the motivation to attempt.
- Ignoring the child’s progress. When a child tries all that they can to accomplish an assignment, they will expect encouragement and recognition. If no positive reinforcement is given by the teacher or parents, the child will be disheartened and most likely give up.
These are some of the reasons why the child will be demotivated to learn.
When the positive energy is not flowing towards the child, they might not perform as expected.
How to motivate an uninspired child to learn
Now that you know some of the major causes as to why your child does not want to study, the next question is.. how can you go about it and encourage them to learn more? Here are some tips to help you;
1. Encourage them to express their opinion
You should always encourage your child to talk to you about their feelings and any worries they have. This will relax the child and make them more responsive to what you are trying to teach them.
2. Encourage your child to read more
Another quick way of encouraging your child to learn more is when you fill their lives with reading. You can develop a study timetable, which should be for the whole family. When the child sees other family members with the desire to read, they will be pushed to do the same.
3. Support the child in his/her interests and encourage them to choose what they like
Too many parents make the mistakes of forcing their children to choose what they think is right for them. Here, the child will not learn those subjects with passion. Rather, they will only try to take them, just for the sake. Nonetheless, when you allow the child to choose what fascinates them and show your full support, you can be sure of having a perfect performance.
4. Incorporate some fun with the learning styles
Try to make learning fun by mixing play with the child’s favourite learning style. This could be hands on, visual or auditory depending on which one your child best responds to. It’ll be much more enjoyable for everyone concerned, and your child will enjoy learning new things and be more interested.
5. Share with them about what you have learned
Another way of boosting your child’s interest in learning is by proving to them that you are also enjoying learning with them. Try to tell them what can benefit them. For instance, you can tell them how you learned about the best way to keep the garden tidy and healthy.
6. Ask about the child’s learning in school
Ask your child what they learned in school that day when they come home. Talk with them about their favourite part of the day and also about what they might not have enjoyed. Be interested in their day so they look forward to sharing it with you.
7. Assist your child to organise their assignments and school documents
When the assignments are too tough, the child will feel exhausted and unable to learn efficiently. And they simply just won’t want to do their homework or study. Be there to give encouragement and a little help when they need it (but don’t do their assignments or homework for them!)
8. Recognise their achievements
Regardless of the size of the achievement, you should acknowledge and celebrate what they have done. You can use incentives, or just a hug and a congratulations will go far.
9. Make learning a routine
Other than developing a learning timetable, you can also try and put learning a routine in your child’s life. You can ask questions, or use other strategies that can be applied daily.
10. Focus on the strengths
Focus more on the strengths and what the child is good at, rather than what he or she cannot accomplish. Don’t ignore their weaknesses completely though, as they still need work too – use positive reinforcement and encouragement instead.
11. Understand the child
Try and understand the learning ability of your child. You should know if they are fast learners or slow learners. This will help you to understand your child’s limits.
12. Get to know the teacher
Getting to know your child’s teacher will help you speak to them and explain how your child is and their level of understanding and also communicate any difficulties they are having. A good relationship with your child’s teacher will help your child immensely throughout the school year.
13. Guide the child in setting their goals
14. Don’t be biased
If you have two or more children at home, you will need to ensure that you focus your attention to all of them equally. When you ignore one, she or she might be demoralised, even if they are doing well. It’s difficult, but something us parents need to try and do for our kids.
15. Choose the right time
The time that you want for the child to learn will determine if they will understand or not. If their favourite TV show is on, or they just want to go outside and play, they will be distracted and not interested. Balance their play time with their work and this will make things easier in the long run.