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Trying to get kids to do homework can be a battle for many parents. Sometimes we have a kid who just enjoys getting their homework done, and we don’t have to interject at all, other times we have a kid who hates homework time and refuses to just get it done. If you have a kid who needs some encouragement for good homework habits, then you’ve come to the right place. Today I’m featuring my best tips on how to encourage good homework habits in your kid.
How to Encourage Good Homework Habits
Keep it Calm
Sometimes we can get really frustrated with a kid who refuses to do their homework. It’s easy to nag and yell or even just raise our voice a notch, but that makes the situation more stressful for your kids. already feel negatively towards the task at hand. Try to breathe and speak calmly yet matter of fact. It is to ensure your kid understands that they need to get their homework done.
You will be able to handle your emotion and difficult situations better when you are calmer. First of all, you will look wiser and more respectable for your children. As a result, they will follow your words more willfully.
Create a Supportive Space
Sometimes homework battles are created due to distractions. Many kids need a quiet place that’s organized to get their homework done without hassle. If you don’t already have a designated homework space in your home, create one. This can be a small desk or dining room table, with no distractions, like television or music on in the background.
Kids often think that they can do multitasking works like what parents can do. However, their physical and mental stages are still not ready yet. They think they can work while watching a movie. They might be able to do that, but the temptation to finish things fast without paying attention to the work quality is higher. Children will not be able to produce perfect work that shows their capability and potentials. Thus, parents will have to remind them all of the time before they can work independently.
Create Goals or Self Rewards
Kids are just miniature adults who enjoy having the feeling of self-accomplishment. Work with your kid to find out what they prefer doing instead of completing homework. These things that are important to your kid can be used to help them complete their homework without giving you a hard time. Set up some goals so that each day your kid can do something they want to do after homework is done.
Using this strategy, you can consider teaching self rewards to children. It is normal to give rewards for ourselves for completing some tasks or lists. Have self rewards doesn’t mean spoiling ourselves, but it is more to motivate us to reach our goals. Self-rewards don’t have to be expensive or special. 30 minutes to play can be a self-reward.
Focus on Growth
Instead of nagging or yelling at your kid about the importance of their homework and doing well with school work, try to focus on how well they’re doing in a particular growth area. For example, maybe you’ve implemented some of my tips above on how to encourage good homework habits. Thus, your child is giving you less of a fight, praise them for their ability to grow and be calmer about homework.
In other words, homework is a tool to help kids grow with more responsibility and self awareness. Finishing a set of works can be a goal for kids, but it is a goal for parents to grow responsible children.
Develop a Routine
Kids thrive on routine. If you have a homework routine in place then they will have better homework habits naturally. For instance, you can have a rule that homework is to be completed during afterschool snack time in the area designated for homework space. They can enjoy their snack while they’re doing their studying to finish up that night’s homework. You might also use the nighttime to start with.
There are many ways you can work to encourage good homework habits, the key to success here is to refrain from any negative phrases and any raised voices. Your kid will respond best and start having good homework habits when you work to set their environment up for success.
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