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Internal (intrinsic motivation) Vs External (extrinsic motivation)

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Internal (intrinsic motivation) Vs External (extrinsic motivation)

 

Understanding the difference between the two types of motivation will give you a better understanding of how to motivate your kids. It may also change your strategy on parenting.

 

Extrinsic motivation is motivation from external sources. Gaining approval, receiving a reward or avoiding punishment.

 

Intrinsic motivation is motivation that comes from inner satisfaction and comes from within.

 

Keeping those terms in mind, which one do you think will yield better results? It is much easier to motivate people extrinsically, using threats, offering rewards, especially when it comes to our kids, however, your results and quality of work will be MUCH better if we can intrinsically motivate.

 

So the question is, how do we intrinsically motivate our kids to do things!?!?

 

The first step is to establish choice, when you have a choice of what you are going to do, you take pride in that choice. Always offer a choice, this empowers your kids and makes them feel more responsible and proud.

 

For example, If you have some chores for your kids to do, rather than telling them to empty the dishwasher and clean their room. You would give them the choice on which one to complete first.

 

Second, remember to stay positive. Using the language when you are motivating your kids. Saying things like “of course you can go, as soon as you are finish emptying the dishwasher.” Rather than the negative counterpart of “you can’t do that until your chores are done.”

 

Third, gamify things! You can motivate your child by making things a competition or a game. When you are cleaning up laundry you can take turns shooting into the laundry basket, see who gets the most points.

 

Challenge your kids to complete their chore before you are done yours. Maybe you have to clean a bathroom and they need to clean their rooms. Get out the stop watch, ready… set… go! (make sure you are clear about how the room is cleaned first though)

 

Using these strategies will hopefully make it easier to motivate your kids and will reduce the stress of trying to get your kids to complete tasks! If you can make it their idea… it is infinitely easier to motivate them J

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Jason Ayles