Overcoming Homework Excuses
When it comes to doing school homework, your child will delay and make up 1001 excuses on why he/she cannot do the homework right now especially when a child enters into middle school and high school. The most famous excuse is the teacher did not assigned us any homework to do tonight and the words “Trust me, Mom, Dad, she/he did not have time to assigned it because of bah, bah and bah bah, bah”
Okay, we all know the teachers do have time to assign homework to our students because that is part of class curriculum; it goes hand and hand classwork and homework. Only your child has thought up other things to do besides doing homework like chatting to friends on Facebook, Twitter, posting on Instagram, watching videos on YouTube, remember social media which is now hottest subject for your child to do today.
Let’s face it, the homework assignments are little more difficult and challenging when you went to school. High school class assignment is equivalent to college work and elementary homework is equivalent to middle and high school today due to technology advancements is making our children able to problem solve faster, unfortunately kids' attitudes doing homework assignments has not changed over the generations.
We still think it’s boring and rather be doing something fun instead of sitting at a table or desk doing homework from school.
As parent or the homework police, we need to try to make homework a little more easier and less difficult for your child to master that means setting up a establish routine when to do homework. Kids need structure; they need to know when it's time to do a task, in order for them to focus better do a task. If homework is done whenever the child would put it off until last possible effort is exhausted which is usually at bedtime that is when it's time to go to sleep.
Best time to do homework is right after school when their minds are still in that school routine.
Then, find a place with fewer distractions preferably the dining table or office desk if you have one, leave the TV off, turn off cell phone, tablet or notebook unless it used to do as part of homework assignment. Do not start dinner preparation right away instead fix your child a light snack then you and your child sit down and begin to do it together.
If you leave them alone to do their homework assignments on their own time guaranteed the homework will be overlooked. Remember your middle school and high school student are social butterflies now and homework is not a priority.
Now that you are sitting down with your child to help them with their homework, you are to guide them only, not do it for them nor tell them figure it out on their own. By guiding your child, it reduces frustrations and feeling of being lost if assignment hits a rough patch. It is important give them some space to develop independence but still be there when help is needed.
Be positive and encourage participation which means allow the child input their ideas and thoughts into the assignment especially with middle school and high school students this encourages learning the subject at hand, for example, a government homework assignment, you might like to hear their ideas and input on this subject. It makes the task go smoother and easier instead of being boring and difficult.
Kids love participation and when it’s encouraged it becomes fun and not boring. After the homework is done, reward your child with some leisure time, such as watching TV, or tablet or iPad time, or video gaming and for our social butterflies some hang out time with their friends.
Note: By the way, don’t forget to start dinner after the homework is finished.