CHAPTER 1

How to Motivate Your Kids

For hundreds of years, scientists and psychologists have questioned and experimented with the motivations behind behaviors and responses. Clearly, it’s not an exact science, or we would all be motivated all the time. We are reminded of just how far we have to go in this area when we look at teenagers. Branded as apathetic, teenagers often live down to that expectation, seemingly ambivalent about almost everything in their lives. How was your day? Fine. Did you learn anything in school today? No. Do you have any homework? No. Are you telling me the truth? No. One of the reasons we find the teenage years to be so frustrating is because our kids don’t seem to care about much of anything. Or they care about things ...

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