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Raising a Self-Disciplined Child: Here’s why this skill is more important than motivation

These five strategies will help you raise a self-disciplined child.

Parents are constantly wondering how to get their kids to be more motivated in the summer, more than anything it seems. “I just want a kid who is motivated, who cares about things, who WANTS to get up and do things without me always having to push them.” It feels like it goes against everything we know as parents, but it isn’t motivation we should be looking for, it is self-discipline!

Studio 5 Parenting Contributor Heather Johnson says says it is time to stop wishing for a child who is motivated. “You don’t want a child who is motivated, and if you are waiting around for that child to show up, you will be waiting around forever.”

To contact Heather for counseling, email , or visit www.familyvolley.blogspot.com.


How to Raise a Self-Disciplined Child

  • Ask the right questions
  • Watch our words
  • Encourage them to go outside their comfort zones
  • Don’t save them from uncomfortable emotions
  • Teach them to solve problems

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