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How to Motivate Your Child to Do Homework

Earlier this week, I received an email from a parent whose child disliked doing homework. You can see that after some time, the child started to enjoy doing homework. One of the main questions I get from parents is “how can I get my child to do homework” (much less enjoy it)?

There are two simple ways that you can get your child to get used to doing homework where it is not a burden for them (or for you!)

First, build in a homework time in your child’s routine. No matter what age or disposition, all children thrive when they have a routine. If you put a set time into their day where they complete their homework, your child will expect it. Over time, it will grow into a habit.

The best time to put homework time in a child’s schedule is right after they return home from school and during or after snack time. Another good time would be after dinner. Bonus points if a parent is sitting with them also ‘doing homework.’ For the primary ages, this time should not be longer than 30 minutes.

Remember, be consistent. Try to stick to this homework routine every week day. Consistency will build habits.

Second, have a reward system for your child. Your school (or Accelerated Achievers Class ) probably already has some kind of reward system for homework completion. This should be enough to cultivate motivation for your child to do homework. However, rewards from school might not be enough for some children. If that is the case, have an additional reward system at your home also. This can be as simple as a sticker, a small treat, additional time on a tablet, an extra story before bed, etc.

Being consistent and showing appreciation for your child completing their tasks will help most children develop a sense of responsibility. This will then help build your child's self-esteem, allowing them to take pride in their accomplishments and grow into confident learners.

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