Eliminating Homework Hassles
Staying on top of homework can be as hard for parents as it is for students. For each grade level your child advances, you are bound to see an increase in the amount of homework in the house. The shock of receiving more work that cuts into fun time can be frustrating for children. You can help your child stay on track by taking a firm yet supportive role when it’s time to crack open the books each night. Here’s how.
Establish a Homework Routine No matter what you do, sitting down to do homework after a long day at school is not going to be the highlight of your child’s day. To help ease the battle at home, it often helps to create structure and parameters to highlight the importance and seriousness you place on homework.
Try integrating homework time into your child’s daily routine and have it fall around the same time each day. If possible, schedule homework time an hour or so after your child gets home. If your child is active in sports or after-school activities, determine what time works best with his or her schedule. Perhaps getting work done before dinner is more feasible so that your child has the rest of the night to enjoy other activities. Things can and will come up some days that will force you to deviate from the schedule, but stick to it whenever possible it to help your child adjust to the routine.
Clear and Assertive Communication Listening to children moan and groan over homework isn’t new to any parent, and it’s certainly not easy to endorse something your child doesn’t like. After all, no one likes to be the bad guy. However, holding your children accountable for their work teaches other valuable life skills not found in text books like discipline, organization and perseverance. If your child argues with you when it’s time to study, don’t argue back. Firm and assertive communication will let your child know that you take their work seriously and make your expectations known.
One of the most powerful ways to avoid homework arguments is to praise your children for their efforts. Don’t wait until you have an issue to tell your children when they do something well. Choose a special incentive that they will appreciate, like one-on-one time with you or a treat after dinner, to reaffirm their positive behavior.
Homework time does not have to be difficult when you apply positive reinforcement, structure and support. By teaching your children how to stay organized and consistent, they will have an easier time and can learn to develop a solid homework regimen. As time progresses, homework hassles will get easier for both students and parents.