Are you dreading homework more as an adult than you were as a child? When kids give excuses or flat out refuse to do assignments, what do you do?
Dealing with daily homework battles can be frustrating and exhausting. You’re not alone–many parents reach out to us for advice on this topic. We help by providing actionable tips you can start trying now!
If you’re dreading the rest of the school year because of your child’s resistance to homework, try this tip from End The Nightly Homework Struggle: 5 Homework Strategies That Work for Kids.
Schedule Daily Homework Time
Every school night, set aside mandatory homework time for subjects your child is doing poorly in. Making this time mandatory prioritizes homework above other distractions, establishes a routine and encourages your child to be proactive. For this to be most effective, choose the same time every day and provide an incentive for completing assignments. Consistency is key!
For example, you might schedule homework time to begin at 4pm. If your child says they have no homework, they can spend that time making up missed work or studying for tests. Once homework is complete, reward your child with a privilege like using electronics or spending time with friends.
If you still encounter resistance, try not to be discouraged. Your child’s behavior won’t change overnight, but with practice and patience, you will see improvement.
For more homework techniques check out The Total Transformation, our step-by-step behavior program for parents looking to become more consistent, effective and empowered.
Rebecca W., Empowering Parents Coach
“Let me be very clear here: fighting over homework is a losing proposition for both of you.” — James Lehman, MSW
Rebecca Wolfenden is a loving Momma to her son and a dedicated 1-on-1 Coach. She earned her degree in Social Work from West Virginia University and has been with Empowering Parents since 2011. Rebecca has experience working with children and families in home settings and schools, and has extensive practice working with people of all ages who have survived significant emotional and physical trauma.