Homework time is easy for your child or not?

Megan - posted on 05/29/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Some of my children just love coming home and doing their homework, which is usually one of the ground rules is to do it first snack then dinner then play showers then bed! But does it normally go like that NO
Literally one of my children will pout on the floor and not even get a good head start ! What areyou tactics and ways to do homework for it to go smoothly??

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Anne - posted on 05/30/2011

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When my 7-year old comes home from school, she is usually tired and hungry, so I give her a snack and then let her watch TV for half an hour before I tell her to do her homework. Sometimes, we even stop at a playground for a little bit on the way home from school. I think with her being in school for almost 6 hours, it's not surprising that she doesn't want to do homework right away. So I give her a break before it's back to the books.

Christy - posted on 05/29/2011

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Heidi is on the right track in response to your question! Every kid is different at my house and I never know when we're going to hit a rough patch with homework.

I would sit down with the child and talk about it when the child and you are not emotional about the situation. Find out why s/he doesn't want to do homework. Maybe that's a bad time of day for that child. Who knows, but it's good to find out what's bothering them.

Then discuss with the child a reward system as Heidi suggested. Other ideas might be to put a star on the calendar for every day homework is done without problems, then after so many stickers have been earned a trip to the $1 store is the prize. At first it could be small, like 5 days total. Then it could go up, or make the prize be earned after 5 days in a row. These types of decisions are best made with the child so that the child is willing and excited about the new game plan. It doesn't need to be anything that costs money. The prize could be as simple as a movie night with you or the whole family.

Heidi - posted on 05/29/2011

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I can't say that homework will ever go smoothly. I have four kids three of which are school age. Eldest is 10, then two 8 years old. I have to say it all depends on the type of homework. My 10yrs loves to do math but hates any work he has to read. It's probably not the best way but I tell him he can't play any wii games or have his Ds at night time. My middle son nothing usually work. He is very smart and ahead of his class in a lot of things. It will sometime take hours to get his work done. My daughter likes school work and usually do nest take long. My suggestion would find something they want to do and say if you do your work for a week with little to no problems they will get to do it on the weekend. Or get money jars and depending on their ages let them put a quarter, nickel, dimes for everyday they do their work without a fight. Maybe they get to pick dinner for a night.
Well hope this helps, good luck!
Heidi

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