You are your children's greatest advocate, cheerleader, fan, and their source of boundless love. As a parent you are also responsible for motivating your children to reach their greatest potential. This involves trying to understand what their potential might be even when they struggle with learning disabilities, handicaps, or developmental delays. It's a long process full of struggles and victories. It will bring tremendous joy as you watch your children grow, mature, meet goals, and gain confidence as they push themselves to new heights.
Here are a few points to keep in mind:
- Their strides may be small, but rejoice. Little steps lead to great victories. It is motivating to rejoice in small successes.
- Don't compare your child with other children, not even to a sibling. It will be frustrating for you and for your son or daughter. Work with them from the level where they are performing and reach for goals with them from that point.
- Don't get comfortable. If your child is easily accomplishing an academic task such as: a type of math problem, a math process, a reading level, a writing exercise, etc. move them on to a new challenge. It's beautiful to see your child excel at something, but the point is to move them onward and upward.
- Have fun. Games and rewards can work wonders to motivate children in academic settings.
- Celebrate your children's victories. Reward them with treats and stickers when they are younger. You will have to get a little more creative as they mature.
Reach for the stars with your children. The atmosphere holds stars at many different levels for children of varying abilities. The point is not that they will all reach the same stars, but that we help them find their own stars.