Are your kids having trouble in school?
Do you want them to get into college?
Elementary school students, 1/2 teaspoon per week.
Middle school students: 1 teaspoon per day.
High school students grades 9-11: 3 teaspoons every 4-6 hours.
Seniors in High School—just chug the whole bottle and buy more.
For college students, an intravanous drip solution is available.
AcMoFlu Suspension, guaranteed to prevent and treat the Common Academic Motivational Flu. Also, available in tablets.
Allergy alert: don’t take if allergic to success.
That would be easy, wouldn’t it? If only it was so.
Causes, symptoms and treatment for the academic motivational flu:
School work was always boring unless I was highly interested. Interest level in any subject can be difficult. I found it especially difficult finding fiction books for my son which were high interest, yet a low enough level for him to actually read. We discovered that if he listened to an audio book, while reading the text, the level really didn’t matter much.
It is almost impossible for a kid to be in the “zone” of academic health with underlying medical and or cognitive issues. Always go with your gut as a mom. Trust your judgement on whether there is a problem.
Lack of Rewards:
Finding your child’s “currency”– what matters to them — can help reinforce positive behaviors. I am still amazed how well homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies and milk work to keep a child doing homework.
Pure laziness: “I just don’t feel like it.””I just don’t want to.””I’m too busy/tired/hungry/thirsty to do it.” We all know what this looks like. Sometimes calling laziness what it is–pure laziness–helps us discipline when necessary.
When something is too hard to sustain for a long period of time, i.e. reading, math computation, or studying, why do it? It hurts too much. Think of tutoring or getting additional help for your child like Academic Tylenol—it helps with the aches and pains of getting through a short time.
This to me is the most difficult symptom to find relief. How do you help a kid to care about their academics? It is harder to find the relevance in spellings tests than shoes in your size on the clearance rack at Marshall’s. You have to show them (or make up) the connections between the task and the benefit. I have drawn many similarities to doing homework to getting taxes filed on time.
Underlying issues of Learning Disabilities, Attention Disorders, Mood Disorders etc.:
These problems have solutions that parents can address. We know when to seek medical help with physical ailments. We must treat learning issues or ones of mental health the same way. Our pride and insecurities must take a back seat for our kids to get help.
Maximize their schooling experience by tailoring as much of their education to their needs. Maybe homeschooling would be best for both of you? Maybe changing teachers, schools or other environmental factors would help?
Reward the right behavior, early and often:
When your three year old learns a new skill on the playground, that same determination will help get them through Algebra. Building an intrinsic reward system of enjoying doing your best starts early. Kids need the good feeling of success. A big reward for straight A’s pales in comparison to a daily reward of just getting all your work done.
I wish it was as easy as washing our hands and making people cough into their elbows. As moms, we always look to relieve our kids’ ailments. The academic motivational flu is no different.