Your child’s first day of school is a day that you will never forget. Once school begins; waking your little one up, bathing, breakfast, dressing up and rushing for school become daily chores. Pep talks, gifts, motherly advice and scolding is what you need to push your little one to go to school every single day. But it doesn’t end there. The most intimidating part of your child’s school life is ‘homework.’ Yes, your child’s homework soon becomes a part and parcel of your parental responsibilities. Coping with your child’s mood swings, tantrums and unwillingness to study is to be faced every single day. So the question that’s probably hovering in your mind is ‘How to get the homework done?’
But before we share some tips, it’s important for you to understand the benefits of homework.
- Serves as a quick revision of what’s been taught
- Helps to sharpen the memory
- Prepares your child for the upcoming tests and exams
- Inculcates discipline and habit of being able to concentrate on daily basis
- Makes kids aware of personal responsibility and accountability
It not only helps your kids but it also benefits the parents. It gives you a chance to know what is being taught in school, allows you to share your views and values and also lets you spend some quality time with your child.
Tips to get the homework done:
- Be a mentor, not a helper: It’s important for kids to accept homework as their personal responsibility. Just be approachable and accessible whenever they ask for advice. Remember constant spoon feeding is like calling for trouble so be a mentor and help your kid help himself.
- Probe: Asking questions like; which part have you understood? What according to you is the solution? Give me an example, etc. will develop a habit of thinking and problem solving.
- Finding the right time: It’s always advisable to fix a time slot for homework. It eliminates your child’s habit of procrastination. After school time and before play time is a perfect slot for homework.
- Inspire: Positive motivation works better than scolding and threatening your child. Motivate your kid by using genuine praise, appreciation or with a pat on the back. Sometimes appreciation can be teamed with a candy, a favourite toy or by allowing some extra play time.
- Create a study zone: Make space for your little one to sit peacefully for his/her homework. Avoid placing study table next to the window or in living room, as it will distract your child. Ensure that TV and music system is turned off and toys and eatables are kept away from the study zone.
- Making Time: Teach your child to make time for completing homework. Prioritizing tasks, subjects and other important activities is what your child must learn. Making a time table for homework, new learning and revision will help kids learn time management and organising skills at an early age.
Encourage your child to help develop habit of completing the homework on time. After all a disciplined life is what will lead him/her towards success.