Getting our children to do their homework can sometimes be a bit of battle. We know, and they know, that it needs to be done, but getting them motivated to sit down and do it can often be a bit of a back and forth. To help give you some help in this battle, I’ve collaborated with an independent school in Essex to give you some pointers on how to get that homework done!
Bring in structure early
If your child is used to the idea of doing school work at home at a specific time from an early age, it will make it much easier for them to be used to the idea of committing to doing homework. Give homework its own time slot, make a certain area of the home the specific place where homework is to be worked on, and make sure you’re allocating time that balances out with what else is going on in their lives.
Let them make their own choices
While you should give some structure to them doing homework, be it telling them what time they’re going to do it or where, you should also encourage your child to make some of their own decisions around that structure. Whether that is letting them decide when they take a break, and for how long for, or what tasks they need to prioritize, giving them some ownership over their homework approach will allow them to take on their own responsibility. It will also encourage the idea that doing homework is not a battle between the two of you, but is something you are working on together to help your child do the best that they can in their education.
Be there to help, but don’t take control
You are there to support your child throughout their education, and part of that is making them feel like they can come to you for help. But you want to make sure that you’re not just doing the tasks for them. You want to encourage them to take their own responsibility in their tasks, and only reach out for help if they are really stuck, or need to readdress their approach if their performance is suffering. Always keep an eye on how they are doing, check their work and offer guidance, but you always want to encourage them to see if they can work out problems for themselves before calling for help.