How to get 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. Here are some tips on how to get your child to do their homework.

Getting your child to do their homework can be a battleground. “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 a further mess on 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 homework from school.  Kids love routine, and you’ll be surprised when they start asking where their homework is.

Keep it short

Keep homework short to start with, 10-15 minutes is good to start with. If your 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.

Positive praise

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 again just before they go to sleep and leave them with that happy feeling before they go to sleep. Praise goes a long way and you will quickly see a difference.

Have fun

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 or on the bus, homework doesn’t always have to be stuck at a desk filling out endless sums or pages of writing.

Enjoy homework together and have fun.

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