Jedi Mind Trick: 8 Ways to Motivate Kids

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Be Happy

Your actions speak louder than your words. If you view work as a satisfying, essential part of a happy life, your kid will pick up on that. On the other hand, if you grit your teeth through every work assignment and job around the house, she'll develop the same attitude. Let your child see you working on projects, reading books and doing chores, and talk about how rewarding work is. For example, "This project at work is really challenging, but I love learning new things," or "I love being home when the house is clean and the lawn is mowed."