Children often dislike doing their homework and for some homework can bring about anxiety and stress. Homework anxiety may make children feel uptight and not want to deal with the problem. A psychologist has gone as far as saying that children who suffer with homework anxiety may in fact have much bigger problems such as an undiagnosed learning disorder. For many children the thought of having to carry out homework can be daunting and may weigh them down.
There are several ways in which you can deal with this situation and below are a few tips on how to do so:
It is important that children feel as though they have the time to do their homework. A huge amount of pressure and stress can be caused of a child feels as though they are running out of time and simply cannot get what they need to done in time and so it can spiral out of control. Children need guidance, adults have had many years at managing their time effectively and it is important that parents sit down with their children and work out a structure to their evenings and weekends so that it is clear when homework can be completed. It may then be obvious that your child has too many extra curricular activities and that maybe one of them needs to be dropped for a while. Once you have established time blocks to carry out homework in your child will feel as though they are more in control and as though it is do-able which will help to relieve the anxiety.
Just like adults, children get distracted by others and when carrying out their homework it is important that they have space in which to do it. Not all children have their own room or a desk within their room but that doesn’t mean that your child should have to struggle to find somewhere to work. Find a place in the house which can be designated as the home-work zone, this may be your dining room table for a set amount of time a day or perhaps in your own bedroom where there are no distractions. As well as putting aside an actual zone ensure that there is enough space in that particular zone for your child’s work and that it is comfortable. Once your child feels comfortable and doesn’t have vast amounts of distractions they will be more ready to face doing their work and will take it more seriously.
If you are concerned that your child isn’t doing their homework or is perhaps worrying about their homework a lot then it is important that you communicate this concern with them. Children may hide the problem away or not know how to approach you and so take that step for them and talk to them about their work. Listen to what they have to say and understand where they are coming from, this will then help you to be able to give them advice. Reassure them that they will be able to complete it and that you can aid them with a trip to the library or by explaining an equation to them. Once children feel as though they have your support they will be less anxious about their homework as they will know that you are supporting of them and will help them if you can.
* Speak to the school
If your child still shows anxiety around their homework situation then speak to their teacher about it. The teacher may not be aware of the amount of work they are giving children to do or they may reassure you that what they have set is perfectly normal and therefore may help you look into the problem to see if there is an underlying problem as to why your child is becoming so stressed. Having support from the school will help both you and your child.
Home work stress can lead to anxiety and make children reluctant to do their work. This can lead to various schooling problems and so it is important to address the situation and work on relieving this anxiety and helping your children to be confident about their homework tasks.