MOTIVATION – Who needs it?

Are you or your kids struggling to get motivated? Maybe it’s school, a project, your job, or even cleaning the house.

Who Smarted Podcast Episode #35 can help! – How can you motivate yourself?

What is motivation? Why do we do the things we do? How can you turn boring chores into fun activities? And what should you do when you’re struggling to finish a project? Find out all this and more about motivation, and get the free activity guide at www.WhoSmarted.com.

Grow Their Mind – from Who Smarted!

On this episode, we talked about the ways to make boring tasks fun. But it’s also important for kids to understand WHY motivation is so vital and how it helps them. Take a look at this article from Read and Spell which outlines the reasons why motivation helps us become the best versions of ourselves! Also – check out this informative article by Science News for Students about how dopamine works as the brain’s reward system for completing tasks!

Activities from Who Smarted!

* Work with your child to break a large project down into smaller, more manageable tasks. For example, if your child needs to clean their whole room, make the closet their first small project, then the dresser, then the floor, then the garbage and so on. This will help them wrap their minds around a task that can otherwise feel overwhelming. If those still feel too big, break it down even further: one drawer of the dresser, one section of the closet, etc…

* Develop a reward system so your child will be further motivated to complete tasks. Ask your child to help you decide on rewards so they feel they have input.

* In our episode, we talked about GAMIFICATION (turning chores into games). Have your child imagine ways to make tasks fun and write them down! For example, nobody likes to wash dishes. So make dishes a race to the finish line. If you have multiple children, they can compete against each other. If you have an only child, have them compete against you. Set a timer and see who can wash their dishes the fastest while still getting them clean. The winner gets a piece of chocolate or 30 extra minutes of screen time at night.

* We’d love to hear about the games you invent! Have your children write down their GAMIFICATIONS and post them on our Instagram and Facebook accounts. Or you can send your games to us at [email protected]

* Have your child make a list of things that motivate them to complete tasks. If the task is homework, ask them to list three reasons why they do it. If the task is washing the car, ask them to list three things that make it fun. If they have problems determining their motivations, get them started by working on a list with them. For example, if the chore is cleaning out the litter box, perhaps your list of motivations would look like this:

  1. It makes the house smell nice.
  2. It makes the cat (and mom) happy.
  3. I will get a reward if I do it.

Additional Resources

* Check out this fun article by Scholastic about how to make chores fun.

* Here’s another – 15 simple ways to make chores fun.

* Read about how to improve your child’s self-esteem via fun household chores.

Kid News

While the pandemic closing down zoos and aquariums was bad news for humans, it was actually great news for many of the animals. Many of these facilities have let the animals wander outside their normal enclosures, giving the a chance to explore and broaden their horizons. For instance, Edward and Annie, the penguins at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium were given free-range of the building, and the videos of them watching other creatures brought great joy to many! You can check it out here.