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Parenting Tips to Make Your Child’s Homework as Painless as Possible

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Homework can be equally painstaking for the parents as it is for the kids. Perhaps you might be spending too much time trying to get your kids to get around accomplishing their homework. Or, maybe it’s an uphill task to get your kid to do their work altogether in the first place.  Definitely, you want your child to do well in school and at the same time you also want them to problem-solve on their own and empower them.  So,  follow these simple parenting strategies to help your child get through with her not so difficult homework and establish effective study habits naturally:

Stick to a Daily Routine

One of the best ways to help your child for their homework is to follow a daily schedule. Make sure they do the homework at the same time each day, such as after school or before dinner etc. But have a consistent pattern everyday. Observe your kid’s energy and interest levels and schedule homework for when they seem to have highest motivation to get done with their work.  Preferably, give your kid some time to relax and have a snack after school so they have the energy they need to focus on their work. Be persistent everyday and give your kid the necessary break they need!

Set Fair Boundaries

Your child will learn more efficiently if they do their homework in the absence of distractions. This means setting some basic rules around homework time. The Child Development Institute recommends turning off the TV as well as any mobile electronic devices. 

It’s also useful to designate a special study area for your child. Psychology Today suggests that doing homework in a communal setting allows elementary school children to work more efficiently than when they’re alone in their own room. Your kid can’t be distracted by toys or games if they do their homework at the kitchen table. This public setting also allows you to monitor them and be available to brain storm together when they get stuck.

Don’t Do Their Homework for Them

One of the biggest mistakes that parents make when it comes to homework is providing too much help. In fact, teachers use homework as a tool to see how much information their students are absorbing in class. Let them make mistakes and learn. Don’t be too impatient to correct them and penalize them for their follies. Likewise, make sure they are comfortable with making mistakes themselves. Coach the child to develop a mechanism to get into the groove of managing the work as his own responsibility.

Acknowledge and reward for Good School Performance

Important- don’t forget to reward your kid for all of their hard work. According to The Child Mind Institute, some children aren’t motivated by high grades. For these kids, parents need to provide other motivating rewards. The best type of homework reward is a fun activity that your child can do once they have finished, such as watching television or playing a video game with you. Better yet, entice your child with some fun outdoor activities that can be done as a family. For example, you could go bird watching, head out camping for the weekend, or set up a fun treasure hunt in the yard. These family-friendly activities are great because they also act as a learning activity for your child. Having something fun to look forward to,  can be a powerful motivator for kids to get into doing something they dislike to do.

Talk to the Teacher if Your Child is Overwhelmed

A very general guideline as to how much of homework should the child get varies from about 10 minutes per grade level. So, a second-grade student should have an average of 20 minutes of homework each night.  Do not inhibit to have a chat with the teacher if your kid is facing some kind of overload of homework. You may also want to talk to the teacher if your child consistently comes home without the knowledge of what all he needs to complete. Teachers are able to address the gaps in learning and provide additional help to kids wherever need be.

 

Establishing good homework habits for your child will make it easier on both of you. However, you should understand the fine line between providing too much help and too little.  Just remember to be supportive and provide encouragement whenever possible.  Helping your kid develop efficient study habits from a young age will allow them to excel in school as well as throughout their life. This shall bear fruit in the shape of making them more independent and an empowered person.

– Emily Graham ( www.mightymoms.net )