Getting a Child’s Homework Done

Having homework challenges? Does your child’s homework cause both you and your kid stress every time it must be done? Is your child battling you when you try to get him do his homework?

You are not alone. Becoming good at getting your child to do his or her homework takes a little time and a change of perspective. In today’s article we will outline three effective methods that will help you help your son or daughter to make the most out of their homework assignments, and in a positive manner.

First of all, if you are making homework into a chore or a job to the child then stop. Children do not respond well to something if it is programmed into their minds that it is a cumbersome project. Nobody likes to think of something as a job, especially young kids.

Out of fear and frustration, adults will keep trying what isn’t working in spite of overwhelming proof that their methods are failing. Think about it for a minute. If forcing kids to do their homework was at all effective, then we would not have so many discouraged children dropping out of high school We would not have so many kids growing up with poor self esteem and not getting the college education that they should to have.

Below are 3 suggestions to help you plan ahead and get your child on the right track when it comes to doing homework:

1. Be sure to set up a daily routine schedule of when your child is to do his homework. You should not deviate from this routine at all. Be sure to turn off all television and radio during this time. Eventually, your child will be more accepting of doing his homework when he knows that it must be done at a specific time each day.

2. Although you may want to help your child get the work done by tutoring them, try refraining from being too overbearing and corrective. Give your child a choice of whether they want your help or not. Also, give them a choice of whether they want you to correct the homework papers or not. After some time goes by, you will find that they will start coming to you for help, asking for advice, wanting you to double check their work. In the end result, sometimes less is more.

3. Listen to what your child has to say. Most homework stress and arguments start at the beginning of the session. This is the time when it is usually very difficult to get the homework started. If your child starts complaining right away about beginning an assignment then instead of debating him, try listening very empathetically for once. For example, you may say “This seems to be making you very upset, I wonder what is wrong”. Be sincere. You will be surprised to find that the will be release their tension by talking with you and begin the assigned homework.

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