6 Ways to Motivate Your Kids During the School Year

Mighty Mommy shares six ways to keep your kids motivated throughout the school year and beyond.

Cheryl Butler
5-minute read
Episode #396

As the brisk temps of fall slowly into “back to school” season, most of us feel both a bittersweet goodbye to summer nad an excitement toward the scheduled year ahead. But that doesn't always mean staying motivated all school year is easy.

Mighty Mommy shares six ways to help keep your kids motivated throughout the school year ahead and beyond.

1.) Become a Cheerleader

Show enthusiasm for your child's interests and encourage him to check out subjects and extracurricular subjects that really intrigue him. If he loves rock climbing and hiking, then encourage him to read about and explore places to go on a great climb. While you’re at it, see if he can become involved in a hiking club or look up some fun, new trails on his own.  Does your daughter love to bake? Let her take over the kitchen on a regular basis and try out new recipes. Maybe she can even do some of the family grocery shopping with you throughout the year. School is a huge part of our kid’s lives ten months of the year, but they also need to branch out and feed their creative juices with outside interests as well. When we fuel their passions, it will not only help them to become more well-rounded individuals, but this will also help carry over into their school lives as well.

2.) Get Organized

Help your child organize her school papers and assignments so she feels in control of her work. If her task seems too daunting, she'll spend more time worrying than learning. With the extremely full schedules that kids today carry thanks to after-school activities, sports, clubs, and jobs—not to mention homework loads—time-management skills are imperative for them to keep their heads above water.

If your school doesn't provide a homework planner, invest in one of your own. At the beginning of each school week, sit down with your child and review what was assigned. Our schools post nearly everything on the school website, so I visit that frequently if I have any questions or if one of my kids seems confused about a particular assignment.

Realistically, help your child figure out an estimated amount of time per subject needed each night for homework. It will take a few weeks for you and your child to have a good feel for how long assignments take, but if you know your child excels in English but struggles in math, make sure you set aside more time for the math work each night. Let your child have input with this since he or she ideally knows what comes easy and what doesn't. We have our children tackle the harder subjects first so that they can get those out of the way. We also find that they have more focus at the beginning of the night, so doing the more difficult subjects and assignments earlier in the evening reduces their stress levels.

Break up the workload each night by teaching your child that he or she doesn't have to work straight through when it's homework time. I love using our kitchen timer to delegate blocks of time per subject/assignment. Once the timer goes off, they take a break with a cold drink or just get up and play with the dog or throw a ball around with one another so they can burn off a little energy. See Also:  How to Overcome Homework Battles


About the Author

Cheryl Butler

Cheryl L. Butler is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. Call the Mighty Mommy listener line at 401-284-7575 to ask a parenting question. Your call could be featured on the show!