Everyone needs a pep talk now and then. And kids are no different. So today, my kids worked on their "I've got it" boards inspired by Big Life Journal. The idea is that children prepare a poster with their own achievements, tools, and qualities. After completion, the poster should be hung in a place where it is accessible during moments of low morale or when your child needs a motivational boost.
My kids were initially very excited about making their own posters. Very soon, however, they discovered that it was quite difficult to complete certain sentences. For example, they had trouble describing their own strength and things they could be proud of. Quite surprising to me, as I thought that we would remind our kids daily of their qualities and achievements.
My take-home message then was that while deliberate substantial praise can be an important motivator for your child, your kid should also occasionally be encouraged to reflect on her own strengths. So why not ask your child now and then - during a car ride, at bedtime, or when having a meal together - what she is proud of or what she thinks her strength is. This will initiate a thought-process that will eventually lead to self-motivation and resilience.