Twenty-five ways parents can motivate children and help them do better in school.

  1. 1. Teach children to set goals for themselves.
  2. 2. Talk about schoolwork every day.
  3. 3. Buy an inexpensive photo album for each child to display personal accomplishments.
  4. 4. Remind students they can when they say, “I can’t!”
  5. 5. Reward children’s accomplishments by spending more time with them.
  6. 6. The most powerful motivator you can give your child is your undivided attention.
  7. 7. Use an inexpensive chalkboard at home to motivate your children to do more writing.
  8. 8. Help your child develop a realistic attitude about time; current actions affect their future.
  9. 9. Help kids learn to break large jobs into smaller, achievable tasks.
  10. 10. Show children you appreciate their efforts.
  11. 11. Teach your child “positive self-talk”: “I think I can, I think I can.”
  12. 12. Encourage after-school activities.
  13. 13. Help your child see the progress they are making.
  14. 14. Encourage your child’s creativity.
  15. 15. Go to the library!
  16. 16. Keep track of the books read by your child.
  17. 17. Give reasonable time limits to complete work.
  18. 18. Help your child compete against himself with challenges.
  19. 19. Keep goals clear and simple.
  20. 20. Focus on success.
  21. 21. Listen to the messages you pass on to your child: If they see an adult do it, it must be okay.
  22. 22. Encourage “work before play.”
  23. 23. Share your own excitement over success with your child.
  24. 24. When your kid feels like a loser, help them see something they can be proud of.
  25. 25. Be specific with your praise.