Homework! It can be as painful for parents as it is for the students! If your children are anything like mine, they are reluctant to do it. They may find ind it hard to stay focused. They don’t bring everything home they need. They forget to do part of it. They require help and constant monitoring to make sure it gets done. It’s exhausting. On top of that, you have to get dinner ready, do sports and other curriculum drop offs and pick ups. It can be enough to drive the mellowest mom into ME!!!! LOL
For years, I used to ask God for patience. They he sent me my son, Ethan. Ethan has autism. Every homework nightmare you have envisioned or experienced , I have lived through it. But the good news for YOU, is that I have developed some great tools that have helped make homework completion pretty peaceful in this house! And my patience quotient is pretty healthy these days too
- Create a designated space for your child to work in. Free it of clutter, and make sure it is in a well lit area and has a comfortable chair.
- Prepare your child a good snack and then relax for 30-45 minutes ( as time permits) before starting on their homework. They are tired and their brains are taxed from being taught all day long. Let them run outside and stretch their legs.
- Let them know what time homework will commence, and be consistent with this every day. If you want, you can build in 5 minute breaks every 30 minutes, or after every item has been completed.
- Make a list of all the homework items that need to be done. Ask your child if he needs any help on any of these items and make sure they have everything they will need, to get the task done.
- If your child has a hard time staying on task, get an interval timer. I use a GymBoss. I set it, so it beeps 1x every minute. When Ethan hears the beep, it’s his signal to get back on task. Its much more effective (and way less annoying) than me poking my head in every minute.
- Review their homework, and make sure all items have been successfully completed.
I hope that you will find these tips useful in your home. If you have other homework issues that I have not addressed,please leave a comment and I will get back to you:)