HOW TO INSPIRE YOUR KIDS

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HOW TO INSPIRE YOUR KIDS



**WHAT YOU DO:**


Apart from “what you say” (words), “what you do” (action) can either inspire or encourage the kid. Kids learn faster by observation.

**BE the role Model**


The best way to inspire your kids is by becoming a role model they can emulate. Parents are the best role models kids can have. They will look up to other people if parental attention is not given. What exactly can you model? You can model respect, good manners, and values. Parents need to walk the talk. Inspiring your kids does not end in giving out instructions. You need to back the words with action. If your kids hear you complaining, yelling, and grumbling, they will model that character in their lives. Remember, you cannot give what you don’t have. The best approach will be developing yourself and then being an example of whom you want them to be.

**Know their capabilities**


You need to understand your kids’ capabilities. You cannot inspire them if there is a lack of understanding of their strengths and limitations. Knowing their limitations will help you take certain steps in ensuring that the gap is filled. For instance, if your kid has difficulty reading and pronouncing words, you need to have an action plan on inspiring him to be a good reader. You could start with simple storybooks and proceed to higher ones.

**Set goals and rewards**


Involve your kids in goal setting. The goal could be reading and completing a chapter from a novel on weekends. You can reward every milestone achieved till the overall goal is met. Your part as a parent needs to be fulfilled so that your kid can have trust in the process. If your kid knows that there is a reward for every milestone reached, he will definitely put effort to achieve it. The rewards could be access to certain privileges or benefits.


 Can you think of goals you can set and appropriate rewards for your kids?


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