Hassle-free Homework

Teach Accountability
Stop taking responsibility for your child's homework. It's his homework, not yours. It's better to let your child get into trouble at school for not doing his homework than to continue a power struggle at home. Talk to his teacher and tell her your plan. Then each school night, remind him once or twice that he has homework to do, then leave it to him. He will quickly learn that not doing his homework has consequences at school. It has worked so well, my son was actually going to the library to do his homework before coming home. And we now have a much more peaceful home.
~ Parent Soup member KarenOGrad

Rise, Shine and Study
I found out a new twist to getting my fourth grader to do her homework--she gets up early and does it! In the evening she is just not interested in it, but in the morning she is fresh and it serves as a jump-start for the day.

~ Wings, Minnesota

Make Time (And If That Doesn’t Work, Make Snacks)
You and your child may be able get some studying done -- like reading and spelling drills -- in the car. We keep each week’s list of spelling words in the glove box. I also try to put a little snack on the table where he does his homework each evening to entice him. Just a little snack gets his brain going, so I can start dinner.
~ S., Virginia

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