However, there are certain steps you can take, as a parent, to make homework easier for you and your child.
First of all, your child needs to feel that his or her work is important to you and the rest of the family. If they feel confident that you really care, then this will spur them on to complete their tasks with added motivation. There are many ways you can show your appreciation and value for their work, and this is the key to a successful homework time.
The Importance of a Regular Time Schedule
A regular time span for homework is essential, as it will help your child get though the task faster with added concentration. You should fix a time that will work well for you and your family needs, and of course in relation to the age and specific needs of your child.
Some children concentrate better in the afternoons, others need to do their homework first and then go out to play. Some children need to relax before tackling the assignments they have been given. Choose a suitable time that will adapt to your child's needs, but whatever you do never leave homework to the last minute or just before bedtime.
After School Activities as Opposed to Homework
Sometimes, you will have to work out a more flexible homework plan, due to the after school activities your child may be involved in. This means that homework may have to be done after dinner on some days. If you find the extra activities are getting in the way of your child's homework, consider dropping one of these, as your child should realize that his or her homework is a priority.
Choose an Appropriate Environment
The place your child feels more comfortable to work in is not important; it could be a desk in the bedroom, the kitchen table or an area in the living room. What is important is that this area offers a calm environment and good lighting. Children often like decorating their work space, with their drawings, paintings or even plants and flowers; whatever make your child comfortable is fine.
Remove any Distractions
During the homework period, remove all forms of distractions should be eliminated, as a child has enough trouble to concentrate as it is, without additional elements. This means no television in the background, no loud music or telephone calls. Some families may have a noise level problem because there is more than one child in the family. If your family is a big one, then try assigning calmer activities to all the children in your family, in order to create a quieter environment.
You are the Best Example for Your Child
You can show how important the activities your child is learning and working on are, by setting a good example. Read books, write often using different supports, paper, computer, e-mails and show them how important math is by keeping note of the household expenses, taking your child shopping and calculating which is the best price for certain products, not by the individual item price, but calculating the weight/price ratio. These are daily activities that will demonstrate the importance of education to your child.