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Parents everywhere know how important it is to choose their battles. But what do you do when an important battle happens each and every day? Helping your child get through their homework can be challenging, especially if they see it as a chore, so it’s important to find fun ways to incorporate learning into daily life, including using some technology-based options. If you are already struggling to get your kids to do their homework this school year, here are some tips to make life a little easier.
Figure Out Why They Are Struggling
If your child is struggling with a certain subject, they will be much less likely to want to do their homework. To you, it may just come across as them being lazy or stubborn, but they may feel ashamed or embarrassed if they do not understand the material and are afraid to ask for help. If it seems they will do everything but one subject, talk to them about whether they understand that topic. Reach out to their teacher about it and ask how you can help out at home to improve their understanding of the material.
Offer Periodic Rewards
If your child has been really struggling with a subject, rewards can be a fantastic way to get
them to push through. Rewarding them with a new video game or extra TV time can be a great way to convince them to keep going on their homework when they are losing interest. If you can incorporate something educational into their reward, such as a learning game or an activity that will get them moving, all the better.
Set Up a Homework Zone
Humans are creatures of habit. If your child can do their homework in one place every day,
they will be more likely to set up and go at it themselves without needing you to clear a place for them each evening. Help your child learn how to get organized, and make sure they have their own place at which they can sit and do their homework. Keep supplies like pens and notebooks within reach and make it clear that this space is just for them.
Be Their Motivator
While it is important to make sure your child is doing their own work, it is equally important for you to get as involved as you can, especially since many schools are opting for more family-friendly homework styles. Check on them during homework time and ask if they have any questions that you can help with, without solving the problems for them. When they get frustrated with their homework, help them work it out, and be encouraging, but allow them to vent their feelings so they learn how to cope with frustrations in the future.
Tablets are fantastic motivators for children. Not only are they great for playing games on, your child can also use them for studying and homework. Many of the newer models run as efficiently as a computer for school programs. Apple's newest tablet, the iPad 10.2, launched recently, and it offers a ton of space for apps, long battery life, and a good-sized screen for watching educational videos. Just make sure you get a protective case. If an Android is more your style, check out the Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet, which is kid-friendly and has a fast processor.
Set a Good Example
Kids notice everything. You may think that there is no way to lead by example since you don't do homework anymore, but that is simply not the case. Your child hears you talk about
procrastinating some task around the house for a later day, or they notice when you end up
rushing through tasks because you didn't manage your time wisely. Shaping up your own day-to-day motivation will help shape the way your kids do their own tasks.
Homework is one of those things that your child will have to do for at least 12 years of their life. Making sure they have a good foundation of time management, ambition, a support system, and motivation now will do nothing but set them up for a bright future. Make sure you also have a good relationship with your child's teacher (s) this year so you can help your child in the best way possible!