Motivating Children To Learn

One of the great tragedies of human experience is that the natural curiosity of children often disappears over time.

Somehow we allow the excitement about learning to dissipate and let our children sink into the mire of boredom. I'm Dr. James Dobson with Focus on the Family.

So many parents ask me how they can keep that curiosity alive in their children. How do we motivate them to want to learn and study and grow and explore?

According to educator Cheri Fuller, one good way is to identify the areas they are naturally interested in and capitalize on them. If your son neglects his studies to pursue his baseball card collection, use his interest in baseball to explore math. How do you figure hitting averages? Which pitcher has the lowest earned running average? You need to know math to find out.

One friend found a local graphic artist to tutor his teenage daughter one evening a week. She had an interest in art, and this taught her how her hobby could be turned into a career. It helped her see beyond highschool and began to acquaint her with one of her greatest strengths. Another friend's daughter expressed an interest in healthcare; now at thirteen years old, she's volunteering at a hospital. It's done wonders for her self-esteem and for her interest in science classes.

Find out what your child is good at, and then give them the tools and encouragement to run with it. This is Dr. James Dobson for Focus on the Family.

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