Fall is nearly here and that means school is back in session. And while that means fun back-to-school Las Vegas parties and fall sporting events, unfortunately it also means homework! Homework can be a drag if you’re a kid – and even worse if you’re a parent! Getting kids to finish their homework – on time and well – sometimes feels like it requires a miracle. Here are a few ways you can make the homework process a little less painful.
Set a timer.
Want kids to work hard? Tell them they have to – for a limited amount of time. Doing homework “till it’s done” can seem pretty daunting for kids, so tell them to work hard until the timer goes off. After that, they get a break, a snack or a breather of some kind. Then, it’s back to the grind – with the timer on.
Let them know it’s their responsibility.
For many parents, homework can seem like “parent work,” but this doesn’t have to be the case. While you likely feel a responsibility to make sure your kids are doing their work, don’t let them take advantage of your willingness to help. Tell them when you’re able to lend a hand. For example, say, “I can help you from 6 until 7:30 tonight, but after that I have things to do.” If your kid needs help, he now knows when to ask.
Offer a reward.
Hard work should be rewarded. We recommend offering a fun activity on the weekend or even a school night in exchange for homework done well and turned in on time. A day or night of jumping around at FLIPnOUT is the perfect way to celebrate a good homework track record.
Take care of other needs first.
No kid is going to give all his focus to school work if he’s hungry or tired, so seek to offer the best environment for learning. Homework after a snack might be the best way to keep his attention on the books.
Let them fail.
It can be embarrassing and disappointing to get a bad grade or a reprimand from a teacher. But sometimes, that’s the best way for kids to learn they need to put in some effort. Letting your child fail (to a certain extent), may be what she needs to motivate her to get the homework done.
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