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3 rules to keep kids motivated



As a dedicated Science education company, we've conducted thousands of experiments with kids, refining our content and delivery to make learning feel like play. Amid this journey, we've received numerous inquiries from parents seeking insights into how we maintain their children's enthusiasm and focus. This article delves into our system, specifically addressing the concept of emotional transactions.


Understanding Emotional Transactions


Before delving into our system, it's crucial to grasp the concept of emotional transactions. This occurs when emotions are traded for actions, whether positive or negative. An example is giving a child a treat solely for the emotional reaction it elicits – a form of trading in emotional currency.


The Pitfalls of Negative Emotional Transactions


Negative emotional transactions, such as attempting to guilt a child into feeling bad for an undesirable action, can have lasting effects. It creates a dynamic where the child associates the parent with negative consequences, hindering the learning process. We've all experienced avoiding situations based on negative emotional transactions from our past.


Our 3 rules to keep kids motivated:


To simplify our approach, we've established three rules for positive emotional transactions:


Rule 1: Avoid Emotional Currency for Negative Actions

Never trade emotional currency for negative actions. Instead, address undesirable actions with appropriate consequences. This ensures that children learn from their mistakes rather than associating their actions with negative emotions directed at the parent.


Rule 2: Collaboratively Set Expectations and Consequences

Agree on expectations and consequences together, teaching children to negotiate based on merit and fairness. By eliminating emotional currency as compensation, this approach instills values of responsibility and accountability.


Rule 3: Reward Positive Actions with Emotional Currency

Give emotional currency for positive actions. Emphasize creating and reinforcing positive experiences, as this is often overlooked in favor of focusing on negative encounters. This rule aligns with today's self-help principles, emphasizing the importance of utilizing emotional currency for positive reinforcement.


In conclusion, understanding and managing emotional transactions is key to fostering a positive learning environment for children. Our three rules aim to guide parents in navigating these transactions effectively, fostering responsibility and positive emotional experiences.


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