In some households it can be hard to motivate your children to get their homework completed accurately and in a timely manner. Whether your child is having a hard time concentrating or the subject matter is rather difficult, homework can turn out to be a nightly nightmare.
Here are tips to make homework less of a hassle for both the child and parent:
- Understand the importance of homework, and stress that importance to your children. Homework is not assigned by teachers as a punishment; it is a learning tool and helps your child develop self-discipline and academic skills outside of the structured classroom.
- Make sure the area where your child does their homework is well-lit, quiet, and conducive to studying and academic pursuits. Remove distractions like video games and the television, so your child can focus on the task at hand.
- Ask your child about their homework and show a true interest in their educational pursuits. If you are interested, your child is more likely to be interested.
- Discuss any potential problem areas with your child and work with them to find ways to make those areas easier to conquer.
- Review completed assignments with your child but do not give them the answers. Point your child in the right direction for finding solutions to problems or answers to questions.
- Make learning fun! You can create your own “homework” assignments for your child to complete that make it more of an entertaining challenge, giving them a goal to look forward to rather than more work.