In the morning I went to a session on motivation. The trainer was excellent and really knew her stuff. She was a child and family therapist. Unfortunately, she spent almost the entire time talking about developmental stages and what happens when kids experience trauma or are otherwise interrupted during those stages. She shared many reasons why kids lack motivation, but she didn't really get into how to help them become motivated other than to say that they need to learn what they missed during each developmental stage.
A couple take aways from this class:
- Kids can't process working to change more than three things at a time.
- The more you externally motivate, the less a child develops internal motivation.
This day was made possible by my fabulous friend, also a foster and adoptive parent, who watched all of my children along with her brood. We all met for an outdoor barbeque to end the day.