How to Develop Positive Homework Habits in Children
The school homework is not something that children would love to do. In fact, they would abandon the homework in order to get to playing video games, watching their favorite TV show or playing outside. It is because playing is always fun and homework naturally seems a tedious thing to do.
In this situation, you, as a parent, have to develop a strategy to ensure that your children develop good homework habits in them. Moreover, you will need to understand that punishing and arguing with your kid over homework is not going to work if you want your child to get to the homework table with a positive mindset.
There are a few steps that you can follow to make your children to do their homework with positive intent.
Establish a homework routine
A homework routine is the crucial thing you will need to establish on your kid’s first day at school. If there is not a homework routine, your child may get distracted. If children are tied to a certain routine, it would be easier to get things done.
Although, it is ideal to implement a routine as soon as the school starts, you can do it in the middle of the year. It’s never too late for the positive thing to initiate in order to improve results.
Remember, the development of homework routine should be done while focusing the learning style of your child. If your kid has a trouble focusing no one subject for a long time, you can get him work on an assignment for 15 minutes. Then you can ask him to start the second assignment and tell him to give that assignment 15 minutes. When that time is over, you can come back to the first assignment.
It’s unwise to force the children to completely concentrate on working even if they are good at focusing on getting things done. Give them proper breaks to eat snacks or solve an interesting puzzle for a few minutes.
The homework space
Location of homework is also an important factor regarding whether your child develops a good homework habit. You will have to pick a place where your child would find it easy to concentrate on work rather than getting distracted. But it doesn’t really mean that the homework place should be plainly boring. You can include some interesting things in that place to keep the child’s interest in homework intact. Although, homework seems to be the priority, you shouldn’t sound like enforcing things on your child because it will only make him hate the homework.
If you give rewards to the children upon completion of assignments or consistently good homework performance, that will motivate your children to do better in order to get more rewards. The rewards don’t have to be highly expensive ones. For instance, you can take your child to trip at the end of a month or you can get him/her the new video game.
Remember, it is good to make the children follow rules, but you will have to make sure that you are not enforcing these rules, or the children would start hating following those rules.