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comment How do I motivate my 8-year-old to practice the piano regularly?
i agree. once my son's teacher got him off Bach and Beethoven, and onto songs, he's much more motivated. Also, he tends to hop on the chair the moment i try to squeeze him out :)
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comment How do I motivate my 8-year-old to practice the piano regularly?
would you suggest a particular collection/book/score? thank very much for chipping in.
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comment Any suggestions on how to control yelling and negativity on our part, and also teach my 8 yr old son to not feel so helpless and cry so easily?
you approach this really well, and i am in full agreement with you. i read it out to my husband :) I have already created a morning checklist for my kids to check off. they like it. they earn points on it- i have to work out details. now i need a family calender that my son can write on so that we are all on the same page. basically i am trying everything to not have to yell and be a morning nag. but its hard, especially when they dawdle or fight at breakfast. i hate to set them to a timer for eating because if they don't finish, they are'nt sufficiently nourished before school. we'll see.
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comment Any suggestions on how to control yelling and negativity on our part, and also teach my 8 yr old son to not feel so helpless and cry so easily?
that is such sound, applicable advice. thank you. also nice to see folks who actually go thru with consequences that in my case are often left in my head, in planning mode. my four and a half year old's heart broke today because she was not allowed to buy her fav. pizza lunch in school because she would not eat her breakfast and was disrespectful. she was very upset so i let her take some applesauce (her favorite dessert) but stuck with denying the pizza. so I softened a bit, but not too much. she apologized a lot too, hence the applesauce.
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comment Any suggestions on how to control yelling and negativity on our part, and also teach my 8 yr old son to not feel so helpless and cry so easily?
i find it very hard to give him time outs when he cries. won't it give him the idea that crying is a serious offence? in our home, time outs are given when kids do really bad things. i think i feel guilty about not allowing him to respond to my yelling. i don't want him to think that feeling bad about being yelled at (hence crying) is not acceptable.
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asked Any suggestions on how to control yelling and negativity on our part, and also teach my 8 yr old son to not feel so helpless and cry so easily?
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comment How do I motivate my 8-year-old to practice the piano regularly?
thank you all. I think the comments that made me step back and think was 'why reward bad behavior during practice?' well, I guess i give in to pressure and the fuss he makes if I dont give him the TV time. Going forward that will have to change. Bad attitude, no TV. the suggestions about giving him a measure of control over the situation are also great. will certainly try to incorporate that. its just, when he does not get the TV he yells and cries till i cannot stand it. of course, this is a different issue, i realize.
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comment How do I motivate my 8-year-old to practice the piano regularly?
I wish I had added, I am not his teacher. he does like the piano, he repeatedly asserts, so I know he will not want to stop lessons. I feel that it is essential that he practice, because I am paying for his lessons, and practice is part of the discipline of learning anything!
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