melissel Posted January 23, 2012 Share Posted January 23, 2012 (edited) Let me start by saying that I have no concrete goal of getting my girls to the Ivys (Ivies?). I would love that, and I do fantasize about it a bit :lol: But if they ended up choosing a different route, I'm OK with it. However, I see it as my job to give them the education and provide them with the opportunities that would prepare them for an Ivy League university should they so choose. That said, I really want them to value education and hunger for more. At this point, I am, as one poster in that thread said, pushing and pulling them along. Based on what I see right now, DD9 hungers for nothing. At the first obstacle in her path, she drops what she's doing, at what seems to be no real emotional cost to her. I know that she's only 9, but I wonder whether this kind of drive is something that usually manifests itself later on (someone in the Ivy League thread mentioned middle school) or whether I would expect to see signs of it now. Even if it's something that shows up later on, how can I, as a parent AND teacher, foster the desire for knowledge rather than simply making school the daily chore that must be gotten through so she can go to college? I know this is probably one of our Great Questions: How do we help our kids develop an intrinsic desire for knowledge and the self-motivation to learn? Has anyone actually figured it out?! If you've had success in this area (or even just a plan for the future!), I'd love to hear about it. And if you think it's a nature vs. nurture thing, please share your thoughts on that too. TIA! Edited January 23, 2012 by melissel Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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