Home work is part of a student’s life. The sooner you get that into your head, the better for your child. Often, you see parents complaining about their kids having too much home work. While this is true sometimes, most of the time, the complaining is done out of frustration because they can’t devote that big a time helping their kids with their homework.
This is unfortunate because parents play a large role in helping their kids with their assignments, not because they have already studied the lessons before but because they can serve as a role model for their kids. Remember that home works are not given to students to make them study or to give them additional work. Home work is given to teach young kids to work hard and to learn the value of responsibility and duty. Parents therefore have the crucial role in teaching their kids about these values and helping their children realize just how important work is. Learning these lessons in life will determine the kind of people and employees they will become in the future.
Thus, helping kids with their homework does not only involve teaching them their lessons and providing all the answers. Most importantly, they should be able to show their kids the value of hard work and the techniques on how to do it without burning out. Below are two ways that you can help while making sure that they learn the underlying lessons.
1. Make it fun
Home work can be fun. Although it involves hard work, there are ways that you can make it fun for your kids. Teaching them to find the fun side in learning will help them realize that work need not be so serious all the time. It will show them that though it is serious business and that they should see it as a serious thing, they can have fun with it.
Do this by introducing games into the lessons. Make their study area colorful or inject characters that they like to make them understand their lessons better. In helping them with their homework, don’t forget to make the experience fun for them. That way, it will not be such a traumatic experience for them.
2. Give them rewards
Giving them rewards is not the same as bribing them. The former involves giving the reward after a job well done while the latter presents the reward even before the deed is finished or even began. Also, bribing your kids will mean material rewards as opposed to giving them praises and privileges.
This is the common mistakes of most parents. Rewarding children does not only involve material possessions. You can reward them by praising them and telling them that they did a good job. It can also involve giving them certain privileges like an extra hour to play their computer game.
One thing about rewards, it should be done in such a way that children will not be used to it. If they become so used to it, they will only do something for the reward and not for anything else. This is also not a good thing to teach your children when helping them with their homework. Thus it is important for parents to strike a balance between giving rewards and bribing.