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Help Your Child View Homework Positively

Many angry parents lament that their child does not take homework seriously. This warrants a question – how effectively have such parents communicated the importance of homework in education to their children in the first place?

 

Our kids must know for certain that we, as parents, consider homework important and significant. Here are some tips by Helene Goldnadel for parents to achieve this:

 

  • Ask the child after each school day what homework the teacher has assigned
  • Set aside fixed time for homework, and ensure that the child is not distracted by TV, friends or mealtimes during this period
  • By the same coin, ensure that the child does not do homework during times set aside for play, chores or family togetherness times
  • Let the child know that you’re available for helping out with the homework
  • Let the child know how homework is important in the overall context of education
  • Make encouraging remarks such as “Good boy” or “That’s my girl” when the child announces that homework is done
  • Check with teachers regularly to get feedback on how your child is doing on the homework front
  • Firmly refuse to cover up for the child with notes to the teacher if homework has not been completed

 

Apart from the above, it is very important to assign a dedicated place in the house for doing homework. Ideally, it should be in the child’s room, but this is not mandatory. If your child is happier doing homework at the dinner table or at the spare table in your study, then that should be the dedicated ‘homework place.’

 

No matter which place your child chooses, make sure it is properly lighted, quiet and otherwise comfortable. The table and chair should be of appropriate height and size, and all necessary supplies (dictionary, pencils, sharpeners, erasers, spare ballpoint pens, etc.) should be at hand.

 

To be able to teach your child the importance of homework, you as parents can start by displaying the right values yourself. Nothing sets a better example than letting your child see you read, write and generally engage in thought-based activity with the right degree of seriousness. It is a proven fact that children of parents who read a lot tend to pick up the habit themselves. Showcasing your high regard for regularly doing certain tasks at certain times will help your child understand the importance of structured activity.

 

Most importantly – the next time you’re tempted to agree with your child that homework is boring and a pain, think again. Children pick up their values from their parents. This is your chance of imparting the right attitude towards homework, so choose your response carefully.

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