Getting your child to do their homework
Does the word homework send your child running? Does the thought of getting your child to do their school work fill you with dread? You are not alone.
Getting your child to do their homework can be a battle ground. “I’m tired” or “I’ll do it in a minute”. As soon as they come in from school, book bags and coats are thrown to the ground and it’s a race to the bedroom to create further mess over the bedroom floor. Or it’s straight to switch on the TV and reverse their little bottoms into their favourite dent on the sofa. Either way homework is the last thing they want to do.
But don’t worry, all is not lost! There are a few things you can do to make this less of a stress and more fun. Yes I said fun.
First try and set a routine with your child’s homework. Doing a little every day at the same time will make it easier when there is something from school. Kids love routine, and you’ll be surprised when they start asking were their homework is.
Keep it short
Keep homework short to start with, 10-15 minutes is good to start with. If you child enjoys the challenge and is proud of their achievements they’ll want to do more. If they are doing well and they want to carry then great! But don’t push it. Some days it will be impossible to get them to sit down to work. Maybe they are tired, not happy, whatever it is, don’t make it a battle ground. We don’t want them to associate homework the rows and negative feelings. Do something else instead, chill out with a movie and try again tomorrow.
Praise is so important. Praising your child for their work will encourage them to do more the next day. Try and find something you can praise them for. It could be the fact that they haven’t got off their chair , a good idea, an answer they got right, or forming their letters correctly. Whatever it is tell them, let them know you are proud of them. Remind them just before they go to sleep, leave them to sleep with that happy feeling. Praise goes a long way.
Try to make homework fun. Super Brainy Beans has loads of ideas to make homework fun. Try an online game, write a poem on the back of a very long bit of wallpaper lining, do homework outside in the summer or quiz them in the bath with maths questions. In the car, on the bus, homework doesn’t always have to be at a desk filling out endless sums or pages of writing.
Enjoy homework together and have fun.