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One more thing… “Just make them” never worked for me. I’m a fighter. Even at 5 years old, I could out-stubborn any adult. No one has ever been able to make me do anything I didn’t intrinsically want to do. The only way I’ve ever been able to find motivation is if it came from something inside me. Any passion, interest, compassion, or curiosity, and I was unstoppable. That stubbornness turns into determination.
Accountability is good. I need accountability. But that’s different. It’s more like a check in of “how are things going? how can i help you succeed?”
Besides… If you’re just forcing your kids to show up to something they don’t care about, how much are they really getting out of it?