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Parenting Successful Teens

Sep 26, 2019

Today we are talking about how to motivate a teenager to do difficult homework. Parents try all kinds of tactics - bribes, nagging, yelling, taking their phone away, etc. And it kind of works if you can figure out a kid’s currency, you can get them to do things by taking it away.

But that sucks for you because you become a nag or an enforcer and it sucks for them because they don’t develop their own internal motivation.

Today we are going to learn how to help your kids develop internal motivation. In this episode, we cover:

  • Which 3 things motivate teens (all humans actually).
  • What teens are actually saying to themselves when they are avoiding homework.
  • How their attempts to motivate themselves make it harder to get work done.
  • Why relying on willpower doesn’t work.
  • How inspirational Instagram “No pain, No Gain” quotes get it wrong
  • Where to offer rewards to make them work.

Teaching teenagers how to put their brain to work for them and develop their own internal motive is really the best gift we can give them. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out to me at​.