What To Do If Your Child Won't Focus On Homework
All children have their own preferences. Some set homework as their first priority while others keeps it as the last one. Some takes few minutes to complete their homework while others take whole long day. Some are least bothered by distractions while others are easily swayed by smaller movements.
Under such cases child homework becomes a thorny matter of concern. Check out how to deal with them-
- Talk to the teacher, study skills educator or a school counselor: Guidance regarding homework preferences, learning and grading can make your child go a long way to and fix troubles. The troubles can be related with understanding issues too.
- Let them understand that homework is primarily kid’s responsibility: Parents are supposed to assist their child when they fail to manage assignments. They should sit with them and discuss the assignments as in how they will start and answer the questions. Inform your child that you being parents will assist them between 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm and after that they will not get any assistance via their helpdesk. Furthermore, their bedtime hours and dinner timings will not be adjusted too. If they find hard getting started immediately, offer them a buffer time of 10 minutes for one or two day and not more than that, otherwise procrastination will become their habit.
- Set timer for small breaks: If your child is engaged in learning process and keeps telling you time after every five minute and then you have to change the scenario and confine him in terms of learning, reading and writing assignments offering breaks after fixed intervals.
- Emotional support: Failures are natural but are a great mantra of success in the beginning. Tell your child-“Habits are not cultivated in a day or two. It is a long process. More you practice better hands on you have on your work. Keep moving with persistent determination and gradually you will overcome distress, boredom, writing and learning failures”.
- Help: Do not help unless asked.
- Do not argue: No need to scramble, nag, bribe or threaten your kids but keep the routine simple and predictable and offer them a warning 5 minutes earlier before the approaching study time so that they clean their study table and collect material appropriately.
- Keep distractions away while your child: You yourself do not play games or watch TV programs while they are studying as it creates distraction.
- Selection of homework: Offer him choice as in which subject they want to complete first.
- Teach him organization: It‘s a time taking process.
- Replace monetary rewards with moral boosters: Positive verbal comments are better way to boost confidence.