Intrinsic & Extrinsic Motivation: How To Encourage Your Kids

Most parents know that getting kids to do things on their own—be it homework, chores, or helping around the house—might be a struggle. You might even be asking yourself, Ugh, how do I motivate them to do anything? on a regular basis. This constant battle is no fun for anyone. 

So, finding a way to authentically motivate kids becomes paramount. However, “Motivation is complicated and has many influences,” Aliza Pressman, Ph.D., co-founding director and director of clinical programming for the Mount Sinai Parenting Center tells us. And it turns out that there are technically two types of motivation: intrinsic and extrinsic.

What do these mean, how can they help kids get the job done, and is there a style that’s more effective? Well, we spoke to an expert to find out.