As a parent, it’s important that you take an active interest in your children’s homework. It’s been proven on numerous occasions kids are more likely to achieve better grades at school if their parents show an interest in the work they are given to do at home. It gives them the confidence to learn, try to get things right and work harder throughout the year.
Helping out doesn’t necessarily mean being tied to a desk and doing the work for them. Even just showing your support can really mean a lot to a child, and knowing you are there to help if they become stuck is a big positive. So what other ways can your help achieve all they can when it comes to their homework?
Set up a ‘study area’ in the home
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Just like if you were having a ‘work at home day’, a child should be able to have an area where they can get on with their homework without anything to distract them. Set up a study area which is positioned away from the TV, where there’s no chance of any noisy siblings coming in to distract them, and that has all of the equipment that they need in easy reach, such as pens, paper and a computer for doing any research that they might need to do.
Agree a set ‘homework time’
It can be a bit of a chore to motivate a child to do their homework, but if you agree in advance that they settle down to work at a certain time, and more importantly can finish at a certain time, it will mean that they can have a really focused period when they know that they need to be concentrating on their homework. Make sure you are available in case they ask, “Can you help me with my homework“? Once this is over, allowing them to do something they enjoy, like watching TV or playing a computer game, is absolutely fine, provided they have spent the whole time doing what they have agreed.
Get the right equipment
Although you don’t want to be buying top of the range gadgets for them to work on (they are only children after all), it does help to have equipment that works well and is reliable. If you only have a really old laptop – considering selling it online and putting the cash towards something a bit newer. If your teenager is extremely behind on their homework then you might want to tell them about this affordable essay writing service as it can be used to help them catch up on work. As well as the computer, provide some decent writing pens – it’s still important for a child to learn how to write in the traditional way, even with all of this technology that we have around us these days!
Encourage and support
Probably the most important thing is to always be there to encourage and support your child. Even the most gifted children sometimes struggle with tasks that have been set, and do not immediately run to buy medicine, so helping them out with boost their morale and make them feel that they are learning something. Although these services are good and needed every once in a while, constant motivation towards your child will help to make sure that they are not using a last minute essay writing service every week! By no means should you be doing everything for them, but talking them through how to solve a complicated algebra equation for example will mean they will be able to use what they have learnt in future lessons.
Today’s Guest Blogger:
Brian Richardson is a caregiver. He loves to write about how to make families happier and work together.
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