A short lesson on child motivation for gymnastics parents
Today I am going to give you some quick and easy tips for
child motivation: I did not invent them, they are based
in psychological theory.
When we think of motivation, we think of an audience of
adults singing “I can do it” at a Tony Robbins seminar,
But motivation is just as important for children.
As a gym parent, you’ve probably already figured out how
it is an important motivation for children.
Teach your children about motivation and goals in a
Early age will help them feel fulfilled and successful.
But how? Let’s run through some ideas right now.
To begin, introduce your children to the concept of
set goals by having a discussion about them.
I don’t mean to read to your children, but to exchange
discussion about what they would like to achieve, I don’t know
too serious, they get a lot of it in school.
Keep it simple, fun and light, and remember to let your
children have a voice, listen to their ideas on how to achieve
goals and help develop them.
The next thing you can do is set up a target system -> using the
goals you created during your discussion, create a table
of achievable but challenging goals and place it somewhere
everyone can see it.
Ideas for goals might be to learn a new gymnastics skill.
within a certain period of time, rank among the top 10 gymnasts
at the next meeting or achieve a certain grade level in the
next school report card.
It is also a good idea to set rewards for each objective:
Also include it on the objective sheet.
When a goal is achieved, give your child his reward and
put a big check mark, smiley face or stamp on the goal
graph and gather all the members of the house to
witness the momentary occasion and give encouragement.
When a goal is not achieved, tell your child that he can see
they’re working hard but need to try harder, too
Make sure the objectives are not too difficult!
Finally, set goals and stick to them to
You cannot expect your child to achieve if he or she does not have
discipline or self-control.
A great way to achieve goals together is to take on a
project at home. It could be painting the garage, planting a
new garden or even a craft project.
The idea is to show your child that great things are
achieved from constant work over a long period: too many
Today’s kids give up if something can’t be accomplished during
the commercial break !!
If you want to know more about motivation, I suggest you
check out my favorite book on the subject of Jason Michael
Written by Murray G. Hughes