One of the most testing tasks of any parent is helping young children with homework. Let’s face it. After a hard day at work, you get home wanting to relax and are hit with your young child bringing you a list of homework that needs to be done by the next day. How do you handle it?
The first thing you should do, is to sit down and read the assignment. Some assignment’s may not be due the same day as assigned, and can be pushed off to other dates depending on workload. Spending a few minutes and prioritizing what needs to be done first can save a lot of frustration in the long run.
The next thing you should do, is motivate your child. No child likes homework, and they would almost certainly rather be playing a video game or hanging out with friends. Motivate your child by laying out a healthy snack and drink at the homework area. Encourage them to loosen up by having a snack and discuss with them the upcoming task. Studies show that working on an empty stomach can decrease attention span, so keeping them fed and healthy is a great benefit.
Once you are all set and ready to begin work, it is very important to spend time trying to let your child independently work on the task. It is not a good idea to allow your child to become completely reliant on your help and assistance when tacking a task, so allowing them to submit most of the ideas and complete the assignments as much as possible can help set them up for an independent lifestyle. Provide constructive feedback when warranted or when your child has difficulty with a task.
One of the most frustrating things that happens when doing homework, especially over long periods of times is when your child gets antsy or tired. The best course of action in this scenario would be to take a quick break and grab a healthy snack and beverage. Re-fueling will provide a burst of energy that can help bring back the motivation to continue. During the break period, try to keep conversation away from the homework task, and on something different.
Homework is a frustrating concept for both parents and students. Keeping a calm demeanor, and understanding that your child is in the same situation of not wanting to complete the assignment can lead to a much better interaction. Offer reassurance, and motivation. You are sure to help your child succeed!