Sometimes, it’s just not fair. You work your butt off all day at the office and still work when you get home. But this time, instead of wheeling and dealing with clients, you will be deciphering equations and scribbling letters with your toddler. Helping kids with their home work and their lessons may not be so hard when you think about it. After all, you probably knowing it by heart having spent a major part of your life studying in school.
But for busy moms who have a full time job, this can be hard for their schedules especially if they have spent the entire day at the office. Helping their kids can become a nightmare as most moms will attest.
Although no mom would not want to spend time with their children, dealing with their home works and their lessons can sometimes be as frustrating as hell. There is the occasional tantrums. You have to survive their constants drama of being too tired and listen to their endless complaints of having too much work at home. There is that complicated math problem that your child can’t seem to grasp no matter how many times you explain it to them.
It is hard, we know but like many things, there are ways to getting around the idea and making it far easier to deal with. Below are some tips on how to help your child with his home work despite the busy schedule.
1. Train them to be independent
Right on the onset, you should make it clear to your kids that you will be there to help them with their home work, not do their homework for them. This means that they can start with their homeworks even when you are not there. After which if they have questions, they can just ask you about it when you reach home. Teaching your kids to be independent learners will not only help them in school but also in later life when they have to work in the real world.
2. Set a schedule
As much as you can, set a schedule and try to meet it. If you have work that has an erratic schedule, try to find a common time when you will surely be free like maybe early in the morning before you get to work or maybe lunch time or even late at night. Children loves routine. They thrive on it. This is in fact where they learn how to initially tackle tasks and work.
Having a schedule will also allow them to think that you are with them or that you are there to support them. even if you are not physically present, you can still be there because the schedule is there on their minds.
3. Give them rewards
If you cannot be there to constantly motivate them to studying, at least give them something that they can look forward to. Children also deserve to have their efforts rewarded. But be careful on this. Sometimes, when it becomes too much children see the reward as something that they’ve got to have before they even do their tasks. Rewards can help children do their home work but sometimes, it can also cause to become lazy and materialistic. Striking a balance is still important during these times.