Maybe you’re lucky and have a kiddo who sits down every day after school, with a smile on their face and does their homework. Maybe. But if you’re not so lucky and you have a kiddo who whines or complains about homework, or takes forever to do it, or refuses to do it completely, I have a few tips that might help. As always, these are general tips and may not be appropriate for you or your kiddo, depending on your individual situation. If homework completion truly is an issue, consider seeing a behavior therapist for a few sessions!
- Be consistent. If you want to have your child do homework as soon as they get home, go for it. Or give them 30 minutes to relax, then have them do homework until it’s done. Whatever you do, be as consistent with it as you can.
- Have certain activities that have to be “earned” by doing homework. One option would be to set the expectation that there will be no television time until homework is completed. Pick something your child enjoys so that it motivates them.
- Practice using calming strategies both before beginning homework and during, if they become upset or frustrated.
- If you think your child struggles with confidence, practice positive self-statements, like “I got this” or “I can do it.”
- FOLLOW THROUGH. Make sure that homework gets done… if your child doesn’t complete the homework before school the next day, have them do it the next evening after their new homework. This might seem harsh and, yes, it might keep accumulating. But if you let your kiddo get out of doing homework just one night, they’ll know that they can get out of it in the future.
- Praise your kiddo for completing their homework, especially if they do so without arguing or whining!