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“Do your homework!” Whining, procrastinating, and full on tantrums may ensue, but it doesn’t have to be like that. With the right attitude and a motivator or two, you can make doing homework fun for your kids.
Make Homework Fun!
Sometimes the thought of your child having to do homework after being in school all day is frustrating. However, to help make the task more pleasant for your kids and yourself, here are 5 ways to make homework fun!
1. Magical Motivators
Use incentives to get your children to do their homework without a fight. Small snacks, stickers, iPad time or toys work well for younger children. Older children might be motivated more by privileges like TV and Computer time or larger rewards like money. Whatever you use, remember your ultimate goal is to help develop good habits for the future.
2. Write it for Them
No, that doesn’t mean do it for them. It might seem counter-intuitive, but if you mix up the routine, and have your child dictate the answers to you, they will be a lot more interested in the actual subject material. This also gives you a special opportunity to bond with your child. Not all homework can be done this way, but try to be creative and change up your child’s homework routine.
3. Learning Apps
Homework can be frustrating if your child doesn’t understand the material. Fun math practice apps can be a great resource for visual examples and games that help your child practice concepts he is struggling with. So, make homework fun by getting an app that makes the subject easy for your child.
4. Get a Homework Buddy
Turn homework into a play date. Have your child invite a friend over and encourage them to do their homework together. Make sure you lay down a few rules ahead of time. Then you can reward the children with free time and a snack after they complete their work. How fun is that?
5.Don’t Take it Too Serious
There are more IMPORTANT things in life than homework and grades. Too much emphasis on grades can destroy your child’s love of learning and devalue relationships. Think about what values you want to instill in your child and make sure the homework is not getting in the way. If you believe your child’s teacher is giving out too much homework after you see your child demonstrate an understanding of the subject, don’t be afraid to voice your concern. Even if nothing changes, it will show your children that you care and empathize with them. That can go a long way!