Motivation for a pre-teen
October 20, 2010 9:52 AM Subscribe
Practical tips to motivate a pre-teen
My 12 years old is a normal kid with no learning disabilities (as far as I know) who has done well at school but not excellent; I know he can do better and all his teachers through elementary school told me the same. I always insist on the efforts more than grades but he also knows that grades somehow reflect how hard he is trying. He is now on 7th grade and cares about school less than ever; he forgets to do homework or does it but forgets to turn it in; he falls behind on school work because he is distracted. I communicate well with some of his teacher and I can follow up; some others are not into constantly emailing parents on progress - I know, I know; it's 7th grade... not 3rd.
Same with sports; he is in a swimming team and some days he swims as a shark, some other days he doesn’t feel like it and spends the whole hour almost floating on the pool. He actually has more floating days than shark days but I know if I tell him he won’t go anymore he will be happy… more down time…
Other than that he is very creative, smart, mature on some aspects; with a ton of friends; loves videogames, music and has a great sense of humor.
I’m asking the hive mind; what did you guys did or are doing to motivate pre-teens in your life that work well and give you results?