Are you exhausted from all the nagging, struggling and arguing with your kids to complete their homework? Chances are as a parent with a school-aged child, you have had at least one homework battle in your lifetime. If you are feeling frustrated with the constant homework conflict, or just want to discover a more positive way to encourage your child to do their homework, it is important that you stop the nagging. There are many ways that you can change the homework battle for the better. Nagging is certainly not one of them.
How to Build a Positive Relationship with Homework
Have a Designated Homework Spot
Having a quiet place free from distractions that your child knows is specifically for homework, can help to maintain focus. Do not allow screen time while they are in their designated homework spot and ensure that all the materials they may need to complete their homework are easily accessible. Things like paper, pencils, erasers and pencil sharpeners on the table can help them to keep their focus on the task at hand instead of sourcing the materials they need to finish their homework productively.
Set a Time
Making sure that you have a routine in place can help your child predict when they should be working on their school work. If your child knows that when they come home from school they have a snack and then from 4pm-5pm they are expected to work on any homework they may have, they will learn to expect that those times are to be spent focusing on work and will minimize the arguments. I also don’t make them work past that hour either. Kids still need to be kids and have time for themselves and family. These tips also do not work for my son who has ADHD as his focus is hard to keep on things for an hour so we work in 15-20 minute increments instead. Remember that all children are different too and they definitely do not all learn the same way.
Homework is not up for discussion in my house but we do work within each of my children’s learning capabilities. Do not nag, negotiate or argue with your child. The fact of the matter is, homework time is homework time and no amount of their whining will change that. Instead, leave them to complete their homework free from distractions. Like I said above though, each child has their own set of strengths and weaknesses and you will figure out what works for your children.
Battling with your child over homework is futile. It is important that you teach your kids responsibility and priorities through providing a conducive environment to succeed.