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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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. :)
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.
All lovely ideas - I agree the answers here have been fantastic. :)
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 ;).
It's all about finding your passion. Once that's in place, All "work" becomes something else. "Flow" kicks in. Csikszentmihalyi wrote about it. Mind you, I haven't found the place where "flow" and money intersect, but I'm getting there.
Indeed it will, Christian :)
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.