How to Motivate the Unmotivated Teen

motivation, procrastination, productivityHailee is a 16-year-old student from Pittsgrove, NJ. She enjoys music, going to concerts, and writing. She hopes to major in Marketing (e.Business and Interactive Media) in college.


Motivating your unmotivated teen can be looked at from many ways. Parents, there is many ways you can go about helping your teen get motivated.


Parents, the best way to help motivate your teen is with communication. If your teen is unmotivated, there is usually a reason behind it. If you try talking to your teen about it, maybe you can hit on a subject that may help them open up about a problem, or issue that they’ve been dealing with that is making them unmotivated. This way you can work together with your teen to figure out the best possible way to help them get motivated again.


Last year, I was an unmotivated teen. I didn’t want to do anything, I felt school work wasn’t doing much for me, and most things just weren’t worth doing. This was a terrible out look I had. I knew I needed change, but I was unmotivated to do anything about it. But what helped me was finding someone to change my perspective. For me, it was a singer of a band whose music and blog got me through my toughest days. There was always a positive out look he had on life that made me want to do better for myself and I am forever grateful for that person. Certain things he would say would make me want to change. For example; “Don’t always believe in fate. At times it’s better to believe in hard work and the beauty of spontaneity and coincidence.”  Things like this would make me want to stop sitting around, and work hard. It motivated me.


Teens, try finding a positive person. Finding a person who is very motivated and has a good outlook on things is always a person you should surround yourself with. If you have a positive person that you can go to when you’re down, things will always be easier, especially when you are feeling unmotivated.


Parents, another thing I suggest is setting goals with your teen. If your teen has goals to look forward too it can help them get focused and work harder. Achieving a goal is a great and rewarding feeling, and the more teens achieve their goals, the more they will want to keep setting more. For example, if you set a goal with your teen to do well on a test in school, and they do well; your teen will feel accomplished and proud. Throwing in a reward could possibly help also. If you and you teen set goals that they achieve this could help your teen get more motivated to do well because they get a sense of accomplishment.


Every teen is different, but there’s always a place you can start, and communication between teens and their parents is key.



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