Is homework time a battle in your home? However, helping your child to do his homework is like winning half the battle. Here are some tips to ensure your child completes his homework everyday. Everyday, Nikita has to force her son Akshay to do his homework. She has to check his school books to see what his assignments are. Then, she has to cajole or threaten him to get him started. "Akshay does n
Is homework time a battle in your home? However, helping your child to do his homework is like winning half the battle. Here are some tips to ensure your child completes his
Everyday, Nikita has to force her son Akshay to do his homework.
She has to check his school books to see what his assignments are. Then, she has to cajole or threaten him to get him started. "Akshay does not get that much homework but if I do not check his books, he will just leave everything pending", she says. Nikita wishes there was some way to make sure that
her son did his homework, without having to be pushed.
There's something about homework that makes children turn away, and drives parents crazy. Children will
try to do whatever they can to avoid doing their assignments. However, helping your
to do his daily homework need not be such a tiresome
affair. It just requires a little planning.
The Right Attitude
The key to avoiding homework headaches is to
cultivate a good attitude towards it. Parents often view homework as an inconvenience. This leads
to children who also think that
homework is a
of time. You need to make him understand that his
is important for him to improve his learning skills. If your child
knows that you care about his education, he is more likely to do his
Have a Definite Time
Your child will find it easier to do his homework if he has a specific
for it. If your child knows that his homeworktime is approaching, he can
mentally prepare himself. Make homework a part of your
child's daily activities. The time
you choose should also depend on your child. For example, one child may
concentrate better in the late afternoon while another may be more
comfortable in the evening. Avoid having your child do his homework after dinner or late at night.
Your child will usually be tired at this time and will not be able to
focus on his homework.
Choose a Particular Place
While the right frame of mind is important to get started, having a
dedicated place to study helps as well. Your child's study area should
ideally be a quiet place, with good lighting.
If possible, try to get your child a desk of his own. A study area does
not always have to be in the bedroom. Some children
may be quite content to sit at the dining table or in one section of
the living room. Any place is fine as long as it works for your child.
Once your child has decided upon his
study place, he
can personalise it a bit. For example, he can put up a few of his
paintings on the walls. He can also make a holder to keep his pens,
pencils, erasers, etc. These can help to make his study area look more
The next step to helping your child focus is to make a note of potential
and devise ways to deal with them. Younger children will most likely be distracted by
the television while older children
may have to deal with phone calls. If your child is studying in the
same room as the television, make sure it is switched off during
If your child's friends call up, politely explain that your child
cannot come to the phone right now, unless it is related to an
Music is another potential distraction. However, this will again depend
on your child. Some children
find it easier to concentrate on their studies if there is some soft
music playing in the background. On the other hand, rock music is
likely to disrupt his concentration. Allowing your child to listen to
music while he is studying should be at your discretion.
Homework helps to reinforce
what your child learns at school. Therefore, it is
an important part of his education. If your child does his
homework regularly, you will
also start noticing an improvement in his performance at school.
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