Homework can be very challenging for young children especially for eccentric ones. Often times, parents may find themselves at a loss on how far they can help their kids cope with their homework challenges.
Here are 5 ways we’ve gathered from other moms and dads on how you can help your child deal with their homework challenges:
1. Make a schedule
Your child needs to understand that doing their homework is important. A good habit to reinforce this is to have a designated “homework time.” This routine can be very helpful for children. It also establishes homework as an important task.
On the parent’s side, having a designated homework time also gives you flexibility. Let your child help you decide what schedule to choose and how long should it take you both to work on his/her homework. Letting your child make a decision can also be motivational for them. It’s no longer about you telling your child what to do. But rather, it is about you working together with your child (collaboration) to solve a problem, which gives them the feeling of importance (getting their voices heard).
A good way to motivate your kids to anticipate homework time is to label it as ‘learning time’ or ‘academic time’. Let’s face it, the word homework is never associated with ‘fun’. So make it more interesting for kids and make doing their homework just one of the things they need to do during this schedule.
Make this time more about learning new things and don’t be hesitant in incorporating games with it. This way, the child associates learning with fun rather than a task they need to get done.
2. Check your child’s homework
Always look over your kids’ homework but not to a critical point. Just see that the homework is completed and that there are no obvious errors. Also, make sure you explain the errors you have spotted.
3. Talk to your child’s teacher
Be proactive and get to know his/her teacher. Talk about their expectations regarding homework so that you can help your child reach those specific goals. Oftentimes, teachers differ in their homework expectations which can come off as a surprise to the parents.
4. Learning Time should be Quiet Time
Make it a point that your scheduled learning time should be free from distractions. Stay away from the telephone, television, or computer, for instance (unless the homework assignment requires researching on a computer). Music is okay but it shouldn’t be distracting.
5. Choose a Quiet Place
Choose a special place for homework. You may dedicate an area in your home where your child feels comfortable. Set up the area to have snacks, drinks (even a mini fridge), comfy chairs or cushions, a special desk or table, and so forth.