Parents know the agony of trying to get their children to focus on their homework. After a full day of school for them and a full day of work for parents, it can seem like war to get a child to sit down to do a set of math problems or to read a book. However, this does not have to be the case. The following is a parents survival guide for homework time that will actually work.
Try to be around when your child does work on his or her homework. You can bring out your knitting, pay bills, or even read a book so that this time is something positive and productive. This also means that you can also help your child if he or she is struggling with some of their work. Kids often do not want to do their homework because it frustrates them or takes up their time. If you show your child that you are willing to be there for him or her, they may be less likely to resist.
Create the right environment for your child to work in. For example, it may help to have a designated time of the afternoon or evening where all of the radios and televisions are turned off. You can even turn off the ringers on your phones. This may then help your child focus. Additionally, it will curb any jealousy he or she may have about not doing things like watching television or talking to their friends.
Make sure to bring in snacks and drinks. The smallest things in the world really do matter when it comes time for a child to do their homework. It may also help if you have calculators, extra notebooks, pens, pencils, and other school supplies on hand so that they have everything within an arm’s reach. With the right equipment and healthy yet delicious snacks on hand, your child will be mentally and physically prepared to do his or her work.
Always make sure your child has the space he or she needs to work. It is not fair to assume a child can focus while doing work on the floor or on his or her bed. Instead, try to find your child a desk or table at which they can work. At the very least, be sure to clear the kitchen table so that they can sit down and really focus on their assignments.
Encourage your child to take breaks so that he or she is not sitting at the table or desk for more than an hour. Taking breaks to watch television or play catch in the backyard will give each of you a breather, encourages parents and children to spend time together, and will make homework seem that much more manageable. It has been proven that adults and children alike can only focus for certain amounts of time. Keep this in mind when working out homework time with a child.
The above tips will no doubt help when it comes to scheduling homework time. In fact, parents and children alike may stop dreading this time of the day. If parents give kids the tools they need to succeed, they will learn how to buckle down and focus on completing assignments on time. Sometimes a bag of pretzels, a well-lit area of the house, a desk to work at, and scheduled breaks can make all the difference. Parents just need to take a break from nagging and yelling and really help their child focus on their homework. Soon, homework time will be as much about spending quality time together as it is about doing well in school.