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How to encourage Kids to do their homework

Parents of school-age kids – we’ve all been there. The daily struggle of getting your kids to do homework is sometimes all too real. Arguments can ensue, kids can say they don’t have any homework when they do, or they end up sitting at the table pouting for hours as they struggle to get into the work. While sometimes it can seem so agonizing to do after an already long day, we should encourage our children in a positive way to get homework done and not treat it like a chore. Here are some tips how.

Why do we have homework?

A lot of kids (and even some parents) are left wondering why they are left with homework to do after a day at school already. It is important to explain to them that they’re given it for good reason otherwise they won’t see the value in the work. Homework is an expansion of what kids learn during the day. It gives them the opportunity to apply what they learned in a setting outside the classroom, so they’re not taught to keep learning in the classroom and forget everything once they leave. Homework helps students retain knowledge.

Homework doesn’t have to be regarding a lesson that has already taken place. It can be given in anticipation of one to test students’ knowledge in a subject already and to get them thinking about a particular subject before it begins.

Homework not only teaches us more on the subject at hand, but it also promotes time management, prioritization, and organizational skills. It’s beneficial for parents too because it gives them a glimpse into what lessons their child is on currently.

Set up a dedicated homework area

Kids need to have a dedicated place where they can sit without distraction to do their homework. This means a place away from the television and mobile phones. It can be as simple as the dining room table, but make sure there isn’t anything distracting going on in another room or that siblings can barge in and cause a nuisance. Also, have supplies readily available for them somewhere accessible, so they can gather what they need easily.

Set a routine

It is always a good idea to get into the habit of having dedicated homework and/or study time. For some families, this may be right after school before play time. For others, this might be after dinner. Younger kids may have a harder time concentrating after dinner if they get sleepy, but older kids may find it best, especially if they participate in after-school clubs/sports. Of course, schedules change, and that’s okay! Just make sure there will be some time aside where your child can do their homework without rush.

Allow breaks

You shouldn’t make your child feel as if they need to sit somewhere until all their work is done. That would make homework-heavy nights seem horrible! Just like adults should take breaks doing work, kids should get them too. Have 15 minute breaks every once in a while to get up and stretch, otherwise they will just be left feeling burnt out.

Know it is the child’s responsibility

Many parents think it is their responsibility to get the work done, but it’s not and it is important to let your child know that too. The parent should make sure their child has a distraction-free zone to do the work as well as the supplies needed to get it done, however children need to know it is their responsibility to get it done and no one else’s. Parents can work with their child and give suggestions, but they should really be there to encourage them to think for themselves.

Help your child prioritize if necessary

Big assignments can be really off-putting for kids, so use this opportunity to help them prioritize their work and segregate the work into manageable sections.

Give a snack

Food and homework go well together! A good, healthy snack that your child loves will give them the fuel they need to concentrate on the work.

Motivate!

Finally, be your child’s cheerleader when it comes to getting work done. Reassure them that they’re doing great, especially if they take their own initiative to get it done. Take an interest in what they’re learning about and ask them questions about it.

We can’t promise to make kids “love” doing homework, but these tips should get your child into a routine without fuss, taking their work a bit more seriously. Do you have any homework tips for fellow parents? Let us know in the comments or on our social media pages.

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