After a long day of school, no one wants to do their homework. Of course, returning to homework is even more difficult after vacations. Getting back into the school routine can be quite difficult, but dragging out the process only makes things worse. Certainly, the merits of certain homework assignments might be debated, yet delaying the process only makes homework more difficult. Accordingly, parents can help their children plunge back into home work time by structuring their first days of school.
When children are new to a routine or simply out of practice, they may need a little help getting things done. Part of this responsibility for parents is setting limits and consequences, should they neglect their homework. For younger students, it is especially important to focus on limiting what they are allowed to do after school. In regards to older students, parents should give them the freedom to make proper decisions with clear, immediate consequences for incomplete homework assignments. On the other hand, parents must still ensure the homework is done.
In college, a lack of discipline usually goes unchecked until weak enough scores seriously hurt a student. As the goal is to make the most of every learning experience, parents need to instill a strong need to create structure before this happens. As such, spending the first few days or weeks of the school year forcing students to do their homework helps them ease back into their homework routine. After awhile, parents can then ease restrictions with less oversight of the students to give them a little more freedom to organize their own schedules. Fortunately, taking these steps in primary school will help students later in life as they move onto college or work.
Kindergarten to twelfth grade is the time for parents to shape their children’s academic habits. While older children should have greater freedom, it is just as important for parents to establish limits where boundaries need to be made. Structuring homework time until the child of any age is able to keep a routine on his or her own must be part of parenting. This ensures when children are free of their parents’ guidance, they will be prepared to keep a strict schedule, such as when they pursue advanced schooling or become employed.
The best thing parents can do to get their kids back into the homework routine is to simply set a time for homework. If, and when, children protest, parents must stick to their guns. For the children, who absolutely refuse, it is time to shut off the television, videogames, and computer until the homework is finished. If this fails, freedoms like friends, after school activities, and weekend plans need to be cancelled without question. Children of all ages need parents to set limits for them when they cannot. Doing so will help them get back into the routine of doing homework faster as well as improve their discipline throughout the rest of their lives.