How to Get Your Child to Do Homework
Getting your children to do their homework can be a struggle. They’re tired after a long day at school and playing with their friends. Just because it looks like they can go for hours doesn’t mean they aren’t tired from a long day. Not to mention, they would rather be doing an activity that they enjoy.
So would you!
Homework is important.
The first major hurdle you must overcome is accepting that homework is beneficial. My husband thinks that they should do all of their learning at school and that is what we (the tax payers) pay teacher to do. I somewhat agree. I would rather play with my kids than fight with them over doing school work. However, I know that they must do their homework to keep up with the other students. I don’t want them to feel like they aren’t getting it. To be behind. To feel less than.
Not to mention, I loved school. Love to read and love to write. Duh! Like you couldn’t figure that out on your own.
I want them to feel the same way. I don’t know if they ever will, but I want to reinforce the importance of school and learning. I also believe and practice the concept of – it takes a village to raise a well rounded child. I want to support what they learn in school and want the same from the teachers, if needed.
Most kids don’t like doing their homework. As I mentioned before, they would rather be doing something else: playing, watching TV, playing a video game.
Strategies to Help Your Child Complete Homework
- Set Boundaries – Homework will get done.
- Provide a Good Learning Space – Turn off distractions.
- Supplies Ready – Have pencils sharpened. If they need other supplies, have those ready.
- Give Options – Allow your child to decide when they want to do their homework.
- Share Fun Facts – If your child learned a new skill at school, have them share it with you.
- Listen – When they tell you something that they have learned, actually listen.
- Support School Activities – Go over the papers with they bring home from school.
- Accountability – If your child forgets to do their homework, don’t make excuses for them.
- Don’t Do It Yourself – It’s not yours.
- Appreciation – Show your appreciation for doing their homework.
- Rewards – Consider dessert not being given until homework is complete, if you have dessert after supper. A quick and immediate reinforcement.
- Time limits – Make it a race to see how fast they can get it done.
What tips do you have for getting your kiddo to do homework?