By Patricia Hill
The most common reasons that kids don’t do their homework include: the homework taking too long, not understanding the value of the homework, or their teacher not providing them with feedback. A 2007 study found that 45 percent of students between third and 12th grade spent more than one hour doing homework per night, and six percent spent more than three hours per night. But let’s face it: Encouraging your kids to do their homework can take considerable negotiating skills.
Read on for some tips and advice from Shala Books on this subject, including setting up a workspace free from distractions and offering fun rewards like electronic usage.
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Here’s the fundamental problem: Most kids don’t like to do their homework and you’re trying to get them to do their homework. How do you win this battle? Eliminate the battle. The best parents don’t raise their kids so that fear rules their actions. Don’t let them sidestep responsibility, but also don’t expect that everything your kids do will be perfect. Sometimes you’ll need to force them to do something (like their homework), but try to find a way to empower them to make the right decision. If you fight with your kids about homework, those fights will likely continue. The only way to get them to do it is to talk to them about the root reason they’re resisting the task at hand.
Another way to get your kids to do homework is to create a workspace to maximize their efficiency. That might mean designating a room as the “Homework Station.” Keep it well-lit and stock it with supplies. Also, help them come up with a homework organization plan. Talk to them about prioritizing their workload and the value of taking 15-minute breaks per assignment; these breaks can consist of activities that help calm your child's mind, such as art-making. These tips should give them the skills to focus on one project exclusively, which can also help them prep for long tests in high school and college.
Testing is an invaluable skill. Knowing how to do well on an exam will come in handy on college admissions tests or on entrance exams into postgraduate studies. You can cultivate those skills in your kids early on by giving them homework spaces and letting them focus on their studies. But also teach them some essential tips on the art of studying for a test:
Don’t hover over your kids, but make it a point to meet their teachers. That way, you can conference with them and learn what your children need to improve on. Witnessing you develop that open communication with their teachers should help your kids feel comfortable seeking help from their professors as they get older.
Skill-Based Tech Rewards
Rewarding your kids is not a foolproof parenting strategy, but they may get burned out if they don’t have some fun mixed in with all that studying. Come up with creative ways to get them out of that workspace station you created for them. They can get a break from their current project while still brushing up on skills by interacting with tools and apps on devices like the Apple iPad 10.2. This device lets you use skill-based tools for drawing and watercolor painting, as well as apps for other skills. Just be sure you protect it with a proper, kid-friendly case. You can also set aside some time for their favorite video games, in which case you can benefit from upgrading your internet speed; this will allow for a smoother gaming experience. These fun activities will help your kids be even sharper when they return to their homework.
Encouraging your kids to do their homework doesn’t have to be difficult. Make sure to engage them, teach them test-prep strategies, and add some fun rewards for a job well done.
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