Motivate Your Kids!

Posted by Gym-Nest on Feb-23-2014

It can be so tempting to curl up on the couch and snuggle under the blankets when it’s cold and snowy out. That’s fine for the occasional snow storm, but this winter it would mean we never leave the couch! So how do you motivate your kids, and yourself, to get up and get moving? Recently, The Gym-Nest shared some suggestions for fun outdoor activities in the snow. We hope you tried one or all and were rewarded with happy kids! Not only is gymnastics important to us, but we want to be a part of the overall health and happiness of our students.

Motivating kids can be tricky. Material rewards usually work, but how often can you deliver on ice cream sundaes or new video games? Kids need to desire internal rewards, doing something because it makes them feel good not because of the item they will receive. Winter time can be challenging due to cold weather, shorter days, homework and more. The good news is that the days are staying lighter later now and we know spring is not that far away. Spring fever usually brings a jolt of energy along with it which is good as long it doesn’t get in the way of completing tasks.

Motivating your child is not always simply about completing a task. It can be about motivating them to enjoy a certain lifestyle.

  • Be a role model:  What action do you hope to instill in your child? Whatever it is, be sure that you do it yourself. For example, if you would like your child to get up by 9:00 on the weekend, complete chores, then do some physical activity be sure that you do the same. “Because I said so” or “Do as I say, not as I do” do not work nearly as well as “actions speak louder than words”.
  • Do it together: If it’s chores around the house or going for a run, do it as a family. Not only will the kids benefit from family time, but it will reduce the bickering about who has more chores or why one kid has to do an activity while another doesn’t.
  • It’s ok to snuggle on the couch: In fact it’s great when you snuggle together. Use couch time as a reward for jobs well done. Set a time goal so that everyone has their tasks done and can sit and watch a family movie together.

Motivation is best when it comes from within. Show your children how great it feels to do a good job or to do activities even when they are challenging. This will help create the desire to do for themselves, not for you or for a reward.

We are proud of our family environment here at The Gym-Nest and hope it offers your family time and opportunity to enjoy one another. That’s what it comes down to after all. Motivate yourself to complete tasks so you can enjoy relaxation and fun. Motivate yourself to be active, to stay healthy, so you can enjoy relaxation and fun. And of course, relaxing and having fun is always great when done as a family!

  1. austin Said,


    ñïñ çà èíôó….

  2. rene Said,


    tnx for info….