How to help your child do his or her own homework

Doing homework often brings daily worries to a student's family. There are many reasons why homework becomes difficult. A typical problem in this situation is various difficulties in concentrating. This is not always a disorder, but the child may still need help from adults. Consider recommendations on how to support a child who, for one reason or another, has difficulty with homework for me.

Create a clear structure

When a child has difficulty focusing on homework, parents can help the child structure the situation. First of all, parents should make doing homework a habitual activity. Talk to the child about it in a calm environment when the child is in a good mood. Tell the child that you are on their side and want to help them get their homework done.

When. Think together about what times your child does his or her homework. If your child is having trouble focusing on his homework, it's important to make sure he's fairly awake and ready when he gets started: you shouldn't start homework on a fit stomach or put it off until late in the evening.

How. Then think about what kind of help your child needs to do his homework. For many children, the hardest part of doing homework is getting them started.

Where. It's also worth thinking about where your child usually does their homework: at the dinner table, in their room? The workplace should be bright, spacious, adapted to the growth of the child, without unnecessary items.

Teach independence and responsibility

It's easier for parents to do their own homework than to explain to a child how to do it. If you do it the way some parents do - "he has to do it perfectly, because he has to be the best" - it will lead to problems in the future, which will appear sooner and later. Homework is assigned to the child, not the parents! Of course, this does not mean that we should completely stop controlling this moment, and not watch what the child is doing. The parent should be a careful observer and scout, but all assignments should be done by the student himself.

Take breaks.

However, a clear schedule and space for homework is not always enough, as some children find it difficult to concentrate on work. This situation will require parents to get creative. How do you help your child do their homework when their thoughts wander here and there when something is bothering them?

Break down the homework into parts. When your child has trouble concentrating, the assignment can seem overwhelming and overwhelming. Help your child divide the homework into smaller pieces. Define the steps of the work and support your child with your praise: "We have four tasks to complete today," "Wow, you've already completed two of the four tasks! There are two more tasks left." If your child is distracted, you can help him or her get back to the task. Calmly remind him that he is now doing his homework, and not building a paper airplane: now it's time for work, then for play.

If necessary, you can take a short break when doing homework. You can set a goal for your child: for example, to focus on work for 10 minutes, after which he will take a break for a few minutes. During the break, your child can get up and move or walk around.


Try to visualize the amount of homework. Words alone often pass the attention of an anxious child. Draw as many boxes on paper as the child needs to do. After the child has completed one task, he or she can color the box or put a check mark on it. When a child sees the homework in visual form and can track their progress, it is easier for them to focus on the task.

Praise and encouragement

Parents get frustrated when a child has trouble concentrating on and completing homework. However, blaming your child for not concentrating enough will not help him or her focus. You need to find other kinds of feedback about his work. It is important that you praise your child, not only when he has done his homework, but also when you notice that he is trying his best. In this case your child will have a positive experience of what he can do and is able to do, but you should try your best.

If it is very difficult to motivate your child to do his homework independently, you can, for example, arrange for small rewards for a few weeks. If your child does his homework the way you have agreed (for example, five days in a row without reminders), he will get a prize in the form of a chance to choose sweets for the weekend.


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