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Motivation – 5 Ways Parents Can Motivate Pre-School Kids

By Jean Tracy, MSS

The seeds of motivation are best planted in fertile young minds by their parents. Why? Because little children love their parents and want to learn from them. If you'd like to raise a motivated pre-school child, look inside for 5 ways to promote successful self-talk.

Young kids who say, "I can't. It's too hard," have buried the seeds of learning in hard clay soil. They may fear trying because they might fail or not get attention, approval, or appreciation for their efforts. Success blooms in the fertile soil of encouragement.

If a mind is a terrible thing to waste, we must support positive mind messages like:

You can do it!
Learning is fun!
I believe in you!

Pre-school children take these messages to heart. They want to try because they want to please their parents. They bask in the sunshine of their parents, attention, approval, and appreciation.

I love to sit by my 3-year-old granddaughter as she builds a tower of blocks, makes a tinker toy house, or completes an ABC puzzle. When she yells, "I did it!" I shout back, "Yes, you did do it!" We also cheer, "Hip, Hip, Hooray! Then we give high 5's and cheer again, "I tried today!"

How Teaching 5 Familiar Songs and Jingles Can Motivate Young Kids

Would you be willing to try a little experiment with me? Take a favorite song or jingle and add in some motivated self-talk. Teach it to your child. Repeat it when she tries to do or learn something. Why? Because ‘trying' is the key to success. Here's what I mean:

1. (Shout)
Two, Four, Six, Eight
Who do I appreciate?
It's me, myself, and I
Because I love to try!

2. (Sing)
For I'm a jolly good fellow,
For I'm a jolly good fellow,
For I'm a jolly good fellow,
Because I tried and tried.

3. (Say)
Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
I keep trying
Cuz I like to.

4. (Shout with joy)
Hip, hip, hooray!
Hip, hip, hooray!
I tried today.
Hip, hip, hooray!

5. (Sing each letter separately with gusto.)
(B) (I) (N) (G) (O)
(B) (I) (N) (G) (O)
(B) (I) (N) (G) (O)
I tried and now I know.
(Shout together) Bingo!

It's the effort a child puts forth that counts. These messages boost their inner mindset to keep on trying. Trying is the key to success. Without trying the seeds of learning fall on hard dry clay.

Conclusion for Motivating Young Children

If the above jingles don't suit you, find others that do or create your own. Success blooms in the fertile soil of encouragement. Make sure that fertile soil is filled with nutrients that are honest, specific, and positive.

A positive motivated child grows into a person with a happy enthusiastic life. As parents you have the power to plant the seeds of your child's trying, learning, and succeeding. If you do, you'll both be having fun and you'll be building character too. Guide the roots of positive self-talk with songs, jingles, and words. You'll be glad you did.


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