But experts warn parents against letting children quit so quickly.
“Once children quit, they will most likely never begin again,” says child development specialist Robin Goldstein.
She suggests that parents:
• Watch your child practice. Many children are motivated by their parents’ interest, praise and encouragement.
• Make the subject of the lessons a part of everyday life. If it’s music, go to concerts with your child. Read books about musicians together.
• Let your child have some say. When children select their own music, they enjoy the music more. Children who say when they will practice are more committed to practicing then.
• Set up a system of rewards. The promise of a treat at the end of a week or month can get a child to start practicing.
It’s important for parents to teach their children how to stick with an activity. Learning self-motivation, perseverence and discipline is good for children both in and outside of school.
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