Every parent aspires to give their children a healthy, happy and prosperous start to become a good and respectable citizen. In order to achieve this goal, the parent should provide support, guide them and inspire children to learn to succeed in their life. The ‘motivation factor’ is one of the main requirements in the children’s development.
Children thrive on excitement, are open to exploring and ready to accept new ideas. When they are appropriately guided and motivated well, they will be successful in whatever they enjoy doing and reach their full potential in the chosen field. Here, we have a collection of powerful quotes that will help parents in motivating their children.
“I am indeed a king because I know how to rule myself.” – Pietro Aretino
Developing a resilient mindset is what we would hope for all children. A resilient child is emotionally healthy, equipped to confront all the challenges and bounce back from setbacks successfully. In short, they know how to rule themselves to achieve their goal.
One of my Cuemath students was easily distracted by her batch mates. I kept on insisting her to concentrate on her work and achieve the day’s target. Instead of monitoring her all the time, I had set her mind to rule herself healthily and work towards her goal. I had asked her to set a goal for herself according to her capability. On initial days, she was struggling a bit to set goals, but later she realized her strength and went on to scale greater heights. It worked well, not just with her but with all the other students. Now, all my students feel responsible and work towards their achievable targets.
“Diamonds are nothing more than chunks of coal that stuck to their jobs.” – Malcolm Forbes
Every child is unique and special. Accepting children for who they are and by appreciating their different temperaments, parents can successfully set expectations and goals consistent with a child’s temperament.
“Work so hard that one day your signature will be called an autograph.” – Tim Notke
When children discover their strengths, they are more willing to confront even those areas that are challenging for them. We will be pleasantly surprised and impressed by the ability of children to think about effective and realistic ways of managing goals.
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve” – Napoleon Hill
Though the responsibility of bridging the gap between dreams and reality falls on children’s shoulders, it is also important that parents work collaboratively with children to develop appropriate goals and expectations. Keep reminding children that the best companion who can help them with all their needs is themselves.
I always tell my children that, “you have got a wonderful box, before reaching out for help from the outside world to unlock it, try to open the magic box by yourself. It will not disappoint you as it has a lot of options and fresh ideas which you can easily opt!”
“Don’t carry your mistakes around with you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as stepping stones to where you want to go.” – Karon Waddell
In frustration, many parents respond to mistakes in ways that damage a child’s confidence. If parents are to reinforce a resilient mindset in their children, their words and actions must communicate a belief that ‘we can learn from mistakes’. I always greet the students and energetically start the class by asking about their day. Sometimes the children tend to share more with teachers than their parents. Some time ago, one of my students, was upset while entering the class. I had to cheer him up before starting the class and inquired about what went wrong. He told that his parents were always finding faults in him and not trusting him. Instead of guiding the child, I felt that I should talk to his parents and advised them not to converse in an accusatory manner.
Instead, listen to what the child has to say before making any decision. It is challenging to reinforce a resilient mindset in our children when the home atmosphere is filled with tension, anger and mistrust. We love our children a lot and why can’t that love be shown to them? Shower them with love and appreciate their every step. Get them on track in a gentle way. Above all, we parents would like to be treated lovingly, and so do the children.
“There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don’t allow yourself to become one of them.” – Ralph Marston
The fear of making mistakes is one of the most potent obstacles to growth. If we are not making mistakes, then we have not tried anything new. We should be positive that a doer makes mistakes.
In my CueMath class, when the kids attempt new tab activities, there will be mistakes. I always encourage the kids to review incorrect answers and analyse why and how they went wrong. This ‘why’ and ‘what’ helps the kids to connect the problems and understand the logic in a better way. I applaud when the kid reviews the mistakes correctly in the same way I applaud the kid who scores 100%. This way, all my children enjoy their class and their learning and are never worried about making mistakes.
“The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” – Walter Bagehoto
There will always be people who will try to sabotage your efforts. They might tell you that you won’t be able to do it, or that it is not worth it. However, never let their harsh words get you down, instead use them to motivate you to work better. You feel like you are at the top of the world when you disprove these demotivating people.
Never let our children to be demotivated by others’ words. Rather, encourage them to prove others wrong by working hard towards their goal. We should mold our kids from a young age to work for their goal and not for others’ appreciation. This way others’ opinions do not matter to them when they are stuck to their goals.
“Secret behind success is to keep working even when no one is looking.”
We should be more concerned about our character than our reputation because our character is what we really are, while our reputation is merely what others think of us. Our real character will be put to the test when we are alone. So never look for appreciation from the outside world for our efforts. We should always work towards our goal, even when no one is watching.
“Everyday is a second chance.”
Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Just work hard. Focus on improving and building on yesterday’s hard work and be humble. Everyday is our second chance to build on and go up on the ladder using the lessons learnt from past mistakes. Mistakes give us a scope to learn, explore and grow.
Children do not remember what we teach but surely register what we are and what we do. Before inculcating a growth mindset, we should also grow ourselves and engage ourselves in a constructive way.
“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.” – Estée Lauder
While most of the people are just dreaming of success, winners wake up and work hard to achieve it. Hard work does not necessarily guarantee success. But success is not possible without hard work. Everyone needs difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.
“Wake up with determination and go to bed with satisfaction.”
Young children are strongly motivated to be helpful. They take great pleasure in helping us and beam bright smiles when their contribution is complemented and appreciated. Give them some responsibilities in the day to day’s activities and let them get involved in them. They will feel happy and contented after the completion of the activities.
“Don’t decrease the goal, increase the effort. Be thankful for the hard times for they have made you.” – Tom Coleman
This is the mindset everyone should adopt. Don’t decrease the goal and don’t give up on your dreams. Instead, increase the effort and work harder rather than changing your goal. Last but not least, be thankful for all those hard times that you went through. These are the times that have transformed you and made you who you are.
“No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who is not trying.” – Tony Robbins
The very nature of resilience requires that we help our children learn that mistakes and setbacks are natural occurrences in the all round personality development. Let the child have the belief that, “at times, I will make mistakes and suffer setbacks. I can learn from these mistakes and become a stronger person, better able to handle future challenges.” We do know that our children’s accomplishments will be great if the fear of mistakes and failure does not burden them.
“It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” – C.S. Lewis
The tsunami that hit the coastal areas of Chennai caused immense damage in terms of property as well as life loss. In that, all the victims suffered some or the other loss. There were lots of people who could not handle the loss, while some grieved over the loss and started their journey of life with what they were left with – emotionally and physically. We will have loads of happy moments and difficult times. While we cherish our joyous moments, we shouldn’t be devastated during difficult times. Rather think about what can be done and rise up with full energy.
I often tell my students, to handle all the chapters equally as they are designed to enhance their knowledge. Kids enjoy doing the chapters which they find easy while resist to work on the ones they feel tough. In my class, kids challenge the tough chapters and make themselves comfortable with those chapters with the aid of CueMath learning methodologies.
“If you get tired, learn to rest not to quit.” – Banksy
No human being works 24/7. Research suggests that a good sleep of minimum 7 to 8 hours is required for longevity. When we sleep, we give rest to the body as well as the mind and start the next day with greater zeal and lots of new ideas.
I always cheer up my students by engaging them in a relaxation day by means of indoor Math games or a Mathbox day wherein kids will demonstrate the Mathbox manipulatives to fellow students.
“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert H Schuller
Life is full of ups and downs. Irrespective of what we are going through currently, nothing will last forever. Tough times are there to strengthen us to make us ready for anything that comes our way. As I have already mentioned, tough times will increase the thirst for success.
Keep working hard and keep moving forward with self-confidence. Always remember, ‘when the going gets tough, the tough get going.’
“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” – Carol Burnett
I insist my students to change their mindset who are keen to get the work done from peers. You are the only one who can do something to see the growth in you, whether physically or intellectually. Don’t look for temporary solutions to the situations, look for permanent ones.
As the saying goes, ‘you can only lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink.’ Same way in the class, you have got all the resources required for learning, grab them and grow. You decide what’s best for yourself and work accordingly!
“Push yourself. Because no one else is going to do it for you.”
In order to achieve something , we have to go through a lot of pain and overcome the obstacles in the journey to success. We will definitely have setbacks. Only those who dare to overcome the setbacks will achieve success. A quote in my class says – “Focus on your goal and don’t look in any direction but ahead.” Children get geared up more than adults through motivation.
“We will be, what we want to be.”
Always think positively. When we train our mind to strive hard for what we want to achieve and dedicate time to reach that goal, then it is easier to accomplish and persevere.
Things will not get better by just reading this article. It requires time and patience to set your child up for success. Once they are aligned, they will not be distracted easily. As we insist on kids, we should also strive to cultivate a positive growth mindset.
“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
I always encourage slow learners by using the above quote. I ask them not to compare themselves with anyone else but their records and accomplishments. It’s always like the hare and tortoise story in life. So never stop your good work, and look from where you have started. That will surely boost your confidence in all your endeavors.
The new millennium offers unlimited possibilities and unimagined advancements. There might be lots of technological advancements coming our way, but the future of our children can be strengthened only by imparting strong ethical and moral values , and unwavering confidence that will make them resilient in the phase of adversity. We should strive to be the role models in their lives.
At the same time, we should believe in them and provide them with opportunities that strengthen their competitive spirit and ideals. This is not only a wonderful gift to our children but also an essential ingredient for the future. This is a great contribution to the next generation.
As an engineering graduate who spent 7 years in the IT industry, I realized my passion for teaching kids and made the decision of joining hands with CueMath. I’m always willing to adopt and embrace new teaching techniques which would help them learn every day in an innovative manner and also help in bonding. I look forward to changing my students’ lives, for better futures.