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Lighting the Fire the Drives Motivation in Children

There is a scene in the movie Battleship that comes to mind whenever I think about motivation: Admiral Shane: [Reprimands Alex Hopper] What is wrong with you? You’ve got skills, but I have never, EVER seen a man waste them like you. Keep the ship out of the surf and spray… Alex Hopper: [interrupts Admiral Shane] …Continue reading “Lighting the Fire the Drives Motivation in Children”

What Disneyland Teaches You About Your Kids

Motivating the kids has always been a challenge for me. While I understand the philosophy of “teaching them to yearn for the vast and endless sea”, I’m afraid I have a tendency for resorting to drumming because it’s easier. Subtlety has never been my strong suit – I come with a club in hand andContinue reading “What Disneyland Teaches You About Your Kids”

Parenting: Dealing with Child Behaviour, Child Motivation, and Negative Character Traits

This post is going to be a bit of a mishmash of ideas that are interrelated in some way. Every now and then I get these lines of thoughts that spiral out into different directions and I like to explore them. Writing helps me to do that and so here it is… A week ago,Continue reading “Parenting: Dealing with Child Behaviour, Child Motivation, and Negative Character Traits”

The Art of Motivating a Toddler

Ever since that epiphany about jigsaw puzzles and Lego contributing to the development of hubby’s “genius” I’ve been trying to encourage Gavin to do more jigsaw puzzles.  Alas, it appeared I could do no more than get him to mix up the pieces, and pretend they’re food that he “cooks” and serves back up toContinue reading “The Art of Motivating a Toddler”