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One of the biggest concerns of parents today is getting their child do homework and studies on time and effectively.

Homework is defined as an out of class activity assigned to students as an extension or elaboration of classroom work. It is important as it teaches students to work independently and develop self-discipline. It also encourages students to take initiative and responsibility for completing a task. It allows parents to have an active role in their child’s education and helps them to evaluate their child’s progress.

Homework is work, and there’s no getting around that fact, for both the child and parent. It’s important to understand that schoolwork is often the most difficult part of your child’s busy schedule. Helping your kids manage it despite all the other activities they would rather be doing can be challenging at best. Follow these tips to encourage good homework habits in your child.

  1. Start early: Start early with your young children setting up “homework” time, even if it’s just some quiet reading time each night. This helps get them used to the expectation of doing some “homework” each night.
  2. Keep activities similar with all your kids: This is very important speciallyif you have several kids, have them all do similar activities during homework time. Even if one child has less homework or finishes more quickly, they need to be respectful of their siblings by doing non-disruptive activities.
  3. Let your child make his/her own choices: Within the parameters you set around schoolwork, your child is free to make his own choices. You need to step back a bit as a parent. By doing this you will make them feel that they have some power and control over the situation too. It’s important to understand that caring and motivation come from ownership. You can help your child be motivated by allowing him to own his life more.
  4. Don’t do your child’s homework:It is okay to help your child to get organized and focuse her approach to the assignment, but you should insist that he/she does the work by their own. You may need to clarify the directions of the assignment; in those cases, let your child try by their own first before offering to help.
  5. Giving break time: You should Consider adding in break times like homework for 15 minutes, and then taking a 5 minute break.
  6. Model good study habits: Kids are more likely to study if they see you reading, writing, and doing things that require thought and effort on your part. Talk with your kid/s about what you’re reading and writing. Also, tell them about what you do at work.
  7. Give positive feedback:Look over your child’s homework on occasion and praise about all the things he/she’s doing right. If you do find errors, don’t criticize. Instead, review the work together and try to pinpoint area of difficulty.
  8. Positive reinforcement: Replace monetary and external rewards with encouraging verbal responses. End the practice of paying for grades or rewarding with a special trip for ice cream. Instead, make positive verbal comments that concentrate on describing the behavior you wish to encourage.
  9. Communicate: communicate regularly with your child’s educators so that you can deal with any behavior patterns before they become a major problem.

Homework is a major struggle in many homes, but it doesn’t have to be.  Recognizing why your youngster might be fighting it is key to establishing healthy homework habits.

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