Motivating Your Child to Do their Homework

For some parents, getting your child to do their homework is a painful pursuit. After a day at school, it’s usually the last thing they want to do, especially when they have smartphones and games consoles to keep them entertained. However, there are things you can do, and things you should avoid in order to motivate your child to do their homework, as explored below by a secondary school in Bristol.

Try to establish a sense of structure around homework, but make sure it works for you and the rest of your family. For instance, you could come up with a rule that all technology is off limits until homework is complete, or homework must be completed between the hours of 5 and 7pm each evening. While these rules will guide your child in the right direction, you need to make sure your child feels a sense of responsibility over their own work, so that their motivation comes from within.

Often, the homework battle becomes a battle over control. When parents nag and punish their kids who refuse to complete their homework, the child feels like they are losing control. Likewise, when children refuse to do it, or do it carelessly, their parents feel like they are losing control. As a result, the home turns into a warzone. Try and remain calm in these situations; disengage from the argument. Ultimately, if your child refuses to do their homework, they are the ones who will face the consequences with their teachers and they may start to fall behind in class, which will damage their self-esteem. With that said, talk to them about what will happen if your child refuses to do their homework and let them make the choice on their own. If they feel like the choice is theirs, rather than yours, they might be more inclined to do it.

You should also try and be a good role model. If you spend your evenings watching TV or scrolling on your phone, your child will want to do the same. However, if they see you putting your important responsibilities before your leisure time, they will be more likely to adopt the same attitude. Be sure to praise your child when you see them working hard on a piece of homework, rather than punishing them when they don’t. What’s more, don’t be afraid to get in touch with your child’s teachers if you require some more advice.

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