Both Sarah and Chana struggle with kavana in shemona esrei. I suspect they are not alone. They struggle with motivation. They do not desire to daven.
Personally, I don't feel the same way they do. I understand almost every word I'm saying. I went through a few years when I couldn't say shemona esrei due to the rigorous demands of early infancy coupled with toddlerhood, but when I eventually emerged from that and disciplined myself to set aside the time, I mostly look forward to tefila.
So I was thinking this summer of doing a regular discussion (chabura) with Sarah and Chana about shemona esrei. I'm hoping to have some conversations where they explain what their resistances are to tefila, and maybe we can brainstorm a bit and find some tactics, and maybe I can convey what I love so much about it.
I'm trying to figure out how to structure it. How long? How frequently? What time of day? At a specific time, or more flexible? Should I prepare a mental curriculum or walk in and see what happens?