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How Do I Motivate My Kids?

Motivation and Rewards

How do you motivate your kids in their learning when they don’t want to do it? All you hear is, “Uhhh, Mom! Why do I have to do this? When am I ever going to use this in real life?”

Have you ever just said, “Because you have to do it whether you like it or not.” How well did that work for you? Did it make you kids happily go do what you asked them to do?

Should you use motivation and rewards to get your child to complete a task?

Listen in as I, Kimberly share practical suggestions and many great scripts to say to your children to motivate them. Have a pen and paper ready to write down the questions I suggest you ask your child to keep them motivated.

We have covered a lot of ground in this Q&A Thursday, including:

1:25 – What questions can you ask your kids to shift their mindset and to discover their own source of motivation? Be ready to write down the seven questions I share. Then ask your kids these questions this week.

6:03 – As you work to motivate your kids, be sure to relate and to empathize with them. I share more questions that you can ask that relate to their struggle but still motivates them to action.

8:57 – Ask them, “Is this one of those times when…..” so that you can teach them personal responsible for their school work, their chores, and their teamwork around the house.

10:26 – What can you ask your kids in advance if they don’t get the work done?

11:13 – What if it is just really hard, they are really struggling, and they just can’t get it? That’s why it is so hard to motivate them. What can you do then?

14:03 – What two choices do your kids have when they are struggling and feeling unmotivated?

17:11 – What should you and your kids be allergic to in your home?! Do you feel a sneeze coming on? Hachooo! Get ready to write again as I give a script of what to say when your kids have a bad attitude in their school work.

20:01 – Here are suggestions of rewards that you can give to your kids as they complete tasks.

22:38 – What is the best reward ever for your kids?!

23:55 – Have you seen @ Home with the KIDS – Episode #2 where I share how to get your kids motivated to clean up after themselves?

How Do I Get My Kids to Clean Up

Watch the Video

24:46 – Have you signed your child (ages 3-13) for Austin’s Kids Club where they will receive free mail every month from Austin?

Austins Kids Club Free Mail

Sign your child up today for Austin’s Kids Club

I am cheering you on as you motivate your kids to work with excellence, to stay focused, and to reach for more! Hang in there! Your consistency will pay off.

Now I would love to hear from you.

What part of this episode resonated most and why? What questions will you ask your kids tomorrow during your school at home to keep them motivated? How can you empathize while still holding them responsible for their school work and chores? How will you handle a bad attitude?

Leave a comment below and let me know. Share as much detail as possible in your reply. So many amazing moms, dads, grandparents, and teachers come here for insight and motivation. Your story may help someone have a meaningful breakthrough.

Important:   Share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments.  Keep your comments positive, as no bad attitudes are allowed here.  Nor is judgment or criticism allowed.  We are here to cheer each other on in this amazing parenting journey together.  Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be removed.

It’s important that you hear this:

Mom, you are a great mom who is more than enough!  Dad, you are a present, faithful dad!  Grandparent, we are grateful for the time you spend loving on our kids.  Teacher, your patience and care for our kids matters. 

With enormous love,


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