As a parent, it can be frustrating to see your child struggle through homework. While it's never any fun to harass your child about homework, sometimes that's what it comes down to when they just aren't interested. Now think about what it would be like if you could eliminate the stress of arguing over homework. Believe it or not, there are many different approaches you can try to make life easier for both you and your child, including using technology to help them study. Homework doesn't have to be a chore. Here are a few simple tips that can change the way your child looks at homework.
Create a study zone
Staying focused on a task you don't enjoy is difficult, no matter how old you are. Psychology Today explains that when you're a young child, even the simplest things can take your attention off the task at hand. Creating a quiet zone free of distractions will allow your child to focus and better understand the work in front of them.
If you have the space, create an area that is only for studying. Set up a workspace with a desk, comfortable chair, caddy of supplies, and appropriate lighting. If you don't have room for a desk, the kitchen table works fine. The most important thing is consistency. Doing homework in the same place every day helps your child develop a routine.
Try a new approach
It may seem counterintuitive to hand over a tablet to get your child to do their homework, but there are many benefits to adding technology to your homework routine. The new Apple iPad 10.2 is as powerful as a desktop computer, but comfortably portable to tote wherever your youngster wants to work. It can help your child access information and discover tools that will help them learn. If the iPad is not in your budget, there are plenty of more budget-friendly options like the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It has the mobility and power your child needs, and access to some of the same apps to take your kid's learning to the next level.
Get to know your kid
Tools and an appropriate place to use them are important, but you can also play a more direct role in helping your child. Get involved with your children's schoolwork. Ask them what they are learning about and find out where they are struggling. As Teach explains, kids learn in different ways. For some, visual demonstrations can help the material "click." For others, they need to write down what they learn. Listen, watch, and adapt to your child's needs.
If you notice that your kid is getting frustrated after spending too much time on homework, try breaking things up. The Pomodoro technique is great for kids who have trouble focusing for long periods of time. With this approach, your child will do homework for a specific period of time (usually 25 minutes) and then take a short break. Once the break is over, they return to work. After another 25 minutes, they get another break. Breaking things up can keep your child motivated during their designated work time, and allows them a little breathing space.
Find out what motivates your child
It's probably not a good idea to bribe your child to do their homework, but creative rewards can spark motivation. A reward gives your child something to work towards. Rewards can be simple. Maybe 20 minutes of video games after homework is done would be a motivator for your child. How about a trip to the library to pick out a new book? Your youngster will appreciate knowing that you are recognizing them for staying on task and completing their work.
Your child may never love homework, but you can take steps to reduce the conflict. When everyone is on the same page and working towards the same goal, the odds of finding success are higher. And remember, not everything will work for everyone, so what may work for one of your children may not work for the other. It's okay to try different approaches. Keep trying until you find what works best.
By Emily Graham of MightyMoms.net
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Emily Graham is the creator of Mighty Moms. She believes being a mom is one of the hardest jobs around and wanted to create a support system for moms from all walks of life. On her site, she offers a wide range of info tailored for busy moms -- from how to reduce stress to creative ways to spend time together as a family.