Coping with Homework|
Help Me To Parent Ltd - September 2008
ask for advice on how to get their children to complete their
homework. This can be a cause of stress in many homes. So what
can you do to make life easier for both yourself and your child
and also make sure that the homework gets done?
The first thing you can do is to
talk with your child’s teacher or other parents in the class to
check what the recommended time that should be spent on
homework each night is. Then try to change homework into a more
The important thing to remember is
that the homework is your child’s responsibility and not yours.
While you can be in the room and help if they are really having
difficulty, you cannot do your children’s homework for them.
Your child has to take the responsibility for their own
homework. A couple of things you can do are:
Make sure they have a good place
to do their homework
Do not allow distractions such as
TV or Playstation
Try to stick to the same time each
day, not too late so they are not too tired.
Limit the time they spend on the
homework to that recommended by the teacher.
Encourage them as they work but
give them space to do the homework themselves.
Let them have a reward when the
homework is complete (TV, Playstation etc.)
If you have an older child in
secondary school, extra time to study may be important. Try to
take an interest in the subjects they are covering and offer
advice on ways to study etc. You might also take time to help
them research the internet for any projects they may
Finally, encourage your children
as they study, highlighting not only any success they have but
also the efforts they put in. Remember, encouraging and
acknowledging their efforts is most