Making new friends, becoming accustomed to new surroundings and reincorporating homework into the nightly routine – kids have a lot to adjust to with the start of a new school year.
Some kids love doing homework, while others procrastinate and would rather do anything else.
If homework is a challenge in your home, or if you’re looking to help reinforce positive habits, use these tips to change things up with your child’s homework routine:
1. Be prepared.
Stock up on printer paper, new pens and markers and keep the pencils sharpened so you and your kids don’t have to waste precious time scavenging for supplies.
2. Be available.
Arrange your schedule to ensure that you’re available in case your child needs help.
3. Be present.
Sit with your child to show support and motivate them to stay focused. Even if you are reading a book of your choice, model focused energy for them.
4. Make it a game.
Sometimes a small kitchen timer can help children stay on task. Give them a reasonable amount of time to “beat the clock” for a special reward.
5. Create an incentive.
Video games and TV might be at the top of their list after homework is done, but change things up with an incentive that creates quality time together such as a trip to their favorite froyo shop or neighborhood park.
6. Encourage group study.
Encourage your kids to invite friends or classmates over to complete assignments together.
7. Motivate them.
Use language that encourages completion, such as, “As soon as you finish your homework we can …”
8. Be aware.
Children can become dependent very quickly – be mindful of how much help you’re providing. Give them opportunities to figure something out themselves before stepping in.
9. Keep them accountable.
Check in with your kids to make sure they’re completing their assignments.
10. Review their work.
Establish good habits and review your children’s assignments with them to make sure they’re turning in their best work. Be positive with your feedback.
To learn more about the stages of parenting, please visit the Parenting Approach section of our website.
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