You are not alone if you have a child or teenager in your household who balks at doing homework. Here are a couple of simple remedies:
- Ask your child to find a sports cap (or purchase a new one together) that is to be worn only when doing homework. It’s like a business suit; wearing the cap means it is time to get down to the business of homework. A sports cap also suggests teamwork, doing one’s best, and meeting a goal. The cap’s visor also may help some individuals who are sensitive to glare caused by lighting. Sunglasses could help, too–only if they don’t distract!
- Look at your household’s weekly schedule. Together, block out the times—5 days a week—when homework is to be done and phones are off. Be reasonable with the amount of time allotted, beginning with 15-20 minutes for young children.
- Require that school-related work be done during the allotted time. If teachers have not assigned homework, your child should work on math facts, write a poem, or read a library book, etc.–not weasel out of doing any academic work that day.
- Set a timer at the beginning of each homework session. This lets you, the parent, off the hook for regulating minutes spent working; it’s all up to the timer!
- Offer a small reward for following the homework schedule at the end of the week. (I’ll be suggesting appropriate rewards in a future blog.) After all, we all like to be paid for a job well done.
Image © Susan Young Hoffman 2017