I'm going to be doing a post on motivation and my take on it soon. But I want some input from others to add to it. Everyone is different and I'm not looking to judge, just find out what works for different people.
What motivates you personally? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? Why do you go to work (not just for the money, but the specific work you go to). What would make you try something new? How do you stick to resolutions/goals?
For your kids, what motivates them? Are they self motivated or do you offer outside motivation? Are each of your kids motivated differently? Do you force your will onto your kids or give into their every want? To you bribe or reward? Do you feel that how your parents motivated you as a kid influenced how well or poor you are at follow through of your own goals?
Do you ever say 'Johnny is eating his dinner, you should eat yours.' or 'everyone else is playing nicely, why can't you?' How do you compare that to 'if every other kid jumped off a bridge would you?'.
I've been doing a ton of reading lately on child rearing methods. Some make sense to me, some seem so WTF, but clearly they work for some people and families. I know where I'm leaning, and it's what feels right to me, for us. It's still a struggle though.
Please chime in on the comments with your thoughts, info and any book recommendations. I've probably read or have in my read pile many of them, but I'll take more.