Parenting kids is no easy task! Ask every parent out there and you will most likely get the same answer. With every day, new challenges would arise and parents would always be on the lookout for new ways to get their kids accustomed to life and its daily routine.
If you are a parent of an adolescent, you would probably know that one of the harder parts in parenting kids involves teaching them to do their school homework. Adolescents are mighty hard to train and you would most likely find it very difficult to make them sit down in one place for a stipulated amount of time let alone make them concentrate on a particular task for extended periods.
And so, in most cases, we tend to see many parents complain about the issues they face when trying to make their kids complete their homework. Well, here are some tips and tricks to help you achieve the same with as few hassles as possible.
No child is the same. While some kids tend to follow schedules and like to finish up things in one go, some tend to get distracted quickly and need breaks in between. As an attentive parent, you need to understand which routine works best for your kid and implement the same accordingly.
This is a common mistake that most parents make. Children need to get into the mood of studying if you want them to complete their homework properly. And this can be done only if you create a designated study area in your home.
You would probably want to choose a place that is far away from noises and other distractions like the TV, radio or computer. Once you zero in on a place, stick to it no matter what. This way you will be communicating to your child that it’s time for homework every time you step into that particular area with him/her.
As mentioned above, you need to implement the tactic that works best for your kid. For example, if your kid tends to get bored of doing his/her schoolwork after some time, opt for a small break wherein he/she can enjoy another activity that he/she likes.
After about 5 minutes, gently persuade him/her to return to the homework, saying that he/she could return to the activity once he/she finishes another portion. This would prompt your kid to complete his/her homework faster.
Again, opt for easier assignments first while opting for longer, harder ones later on. This would help ease the burden of the work from your kid’s mind.
The first few days would be pretty hard to manage. And so, during the initial days, try to avoid distractions as much as possible, even if that means you need to compromise on your favorite soap opera.
Reduce all external noises to a minimum, ask his/her friends to come by some time later, and avoid moving about here and there while he/she is concentrating on homework. If you have a younger kid in the house, try to keep him/her occupied with an interesting activity (like coloring) to keep them quiet while their elder sibling is studying.
I have seen some parents actually completing their kids’ homework if the latter refuses to do so. This is a very bad practice wherein your kid comes to think that you would do whatever he/she doesn’t want to do, thus increasing your parenting woes.
Stay beside your kid when he/she sits down to do his/her homework. Assist him/her with it but don’t volunteer to do it for him/her. And whenever he/she does a good job, don’t forget to shower your praises on his/her effort. This would surely go a long way in motivating your kid to complete his/her homework effectively and on time.
Some kids need more than just a few kind words and praises to do their work. In these cases, it is ok to offer them an incentive if they complete their homework properly. This incentive could be in the form of a snack like a candy or ice cream; or an enjoyable activity like playtime in the park.
Keep these incentives limited to a weekly basis wherein you check your child’s progress at the end of the week and give him/her what you promised. Don’t go back on your word at any cost.
The last thing you would want your child to think is that you don’t stick to your words even if he/she does a good job. That would make him/her more frustrated and stubborn.
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