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How to motivate an extremely smart child who lacks passion?


My son gets exceptional grades and he has a strong interest in Math and Science. He's been invited to participate in a special program for kids that excel in those subjects. This is great and I feel it will really challenge him. This is the problem. He is very unmotivated because everything comes easily to him. My son is bright, but not very passionate. He can give half effort and get straight A's without studying. How do I motivate him to want to push himself? Satisfaction comes from working hard at what you love. He's 14. Life isn't always going to be this easy!

 

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    I agree. I'd love to see him get into this one magnet school he's interested in very hands on, with a robotics program :). He has to push himself harder though to compete. Interest is there for him, pushing himself harder - not so much.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    that's the thing with him, his interests are so varied and wide it's hard for him to narrow his focus. I want him to keep his mind open of course, but sometimes you need to pick a thing or two and roll with them. :)

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    All lovely ideas - I agree the answers here have been fantastic. :)

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    Yes I can see that. He has a shot at a magnet school that is more aligned with his interests, but he's going to have to work harder to get in, it's highly competitive.

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    Christin Sander (ChristinS) 4 years ago

    I bet college was a def. wakeup call :). I keep telling my son high school is next year and it's going to be a lot more work. "eh" he says lol - Time will teach him I suppose ;).


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