Hassle-free Homework

~ Parent Soup member yce2

Institute a Reward System
If your child is taking all night to do her homework, try rewarding her if she completes her homework within a specified time frame. For example, tell her if it takes 45 minutes to complete her assignments each day during the week, that you'll take her to a movie, skating, or rent a movie Friday or Saturday night. Maybe work on a point schedule, where she receives a certain amount of points for 30 minutes, 35 minutes, with a reward chart that has 100 points for a movie, 300 points for a trip to the zoo, and so on. Then let her cash in her points.
~ Peggy, Oregon

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.

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