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Motivation is the fuel that makes our mind start and carry out some behaviors or others. We take action because we feel a motivation that drives us to do so. If we were not motivated we would remain static and would not interact with our environment.
Thinking of children is synonymous with energy, vitality, curiosity, fun and play. If we observe apathy or lack of motivation in children, it means that something is wrong. What to do with unmotivated children?
Children, by natural instinct, are born motivated to learn, explore and discover the world around them. If a child is not motivated to explore and interact with their environment we must get down to work to find out what happens.
Many parents seek psychological help to curb their children's demotivation. It is common to hear expressions such as: "I see him very unmotivated, how can I help him?", "He does not care exactly the same", “He doesn't even mind receiving punishments, they don't work”, “I've tried everything and he doesn't show interest in doing anything”, etc.
When parents observe that the child shows a lack of energy and interest in all or most of the things in their daily life, they are usually worried and overwhelmed by not knowing how to help the child to be motivated. And, they often find it difficult to stay calm. What usually happens is that when the child is demotivated, parents become alarmed and use ineffective strategies to resolve such a situation.
- The unmotivated child has no interest in doing any activity of which is proposed to you.
- Is not receptive to doing new things.
- He is not passionate about any hobby or leisure activity.
- He is apathetic, lacking energy.
- Appears to be a lazy or lazy child.
- Has no initiative to carry out tasks by himself, only carries out the tasks that are required.
- He seems not to enjoy what he does and continuously shows an attitude of reluctance.
- They do not feel illusion or show special attention to what is happening in their environment.
- The effort or desire to do things well done are conspicuous by their absence. He does everything fast as if he just wanted to "get out of trouble."
We need not worry. Demotivation in children is normal as long as it does not last over time. Adults also go through times in our lives when we are not motivated by what we do or the life we lead. It is impossible to always be 100% motivated by what you do.
The same thing happens to children. They may not be constantly satisfied with the activities they do or with the things that happen in their environment. However, if the child appears unmotivated for a long time, lacks energy and interest, it is advisable to seek psychological help so that a professional can assess the child psychologically and rule out the existence of other problems.
- They feel that they are understood to us by the people around them.
- They do not receive the attention they need from their parents or attachment figures.
- They do not find meaning in the things they do during the day.
- They do not do the things that they want but those that their environment imposes on them.
- They are not clear about what their environment expects of them.
- The goals or objectives that people around them set for them are unrealistic or very difficult to achieve and this generates frustration.
- They do not feel that their effort is valued or reinforced.
- They have some other psychological problem that prevents them from being motivated (insecurity, low self-esteem, anxiety, stressful situation, depressive episode, etc.).
- They develop in an environment in which there is very poor stimulation or not adapted to their needs.
- At home there is a high level of demand, the rules are very rigid and the parenting style is authoritative.
However, as parents it is recommended that we ask ourselves some questions such as: What could have happened so that my child is unmotivated and lacks interest? Could she be having a bad time? Has anything that has happened lately affected you? Is everything okay in your life?
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