Motivating with Meaning

As parents, we want our children to have that inner spark that makes them want to tackle a challenge, to find satisfaction in solving a problem and to feel a great sense of pleasure from trying their best, preferably without dangling a carrot (or candy or an iTunes gift card) in front of them to keep them going. This intrinsic motivation cannot be forced, but it can be encouraged. Here are some strategies to help bring out the inner go-getter in your children.