Your daughter refuses to write her book report before it is due tomorrow; your son finds a way to dodge your questions about when he will do his homework. Parents of school-age children may find that homework discussions are a fight waiting to happen. A homework schedule may help you restore peace to the household during the school year. There are no hard-and fast rules when it comes to making one. Each child has his own preferences and needs when it comes to what time to do homework.
Consider your daily schedule. Does your child have a gap between school and starting gymnastics, or do you commonly have visitors during the evening hours? Kids work best in a quiet environment without distractions, according to KidsHealth. Avoiding homework times when interruptions are likely may be ideal.
Talk to your child about his homework preferences. A sense of control over when he gets to do his homework may reduce conflicts between the two of you. You may make suggestions, like reminding him of how he's often distracted an hour before bedtime. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that you agree to a trial run on the time and place to do homework.
Give your child time to adjust to her new homework schedule. She may follow the routine more closely if she is given distance to do her homework herself, or she may rely on you to help her organize her homework tasks. The National Association of School Psychologists advises flexibility according to your child's needs. Younger children likely need more assistance and supervision than older children in order to keep to the homework schedule.
Think about letting your child have a more unusual, dynamic homework schedule. Some kids may benefit from 10-minute homework sessions spaced apart by a few hours, according to KidsHealth. When it comes to longer-term assignments, some children may also fare better by having one or two longer homework sessions compared to several shorter ones.
- Do what works best for your child. If homework directly after school leads to fights, try to make an agreement for a different time. If homework is continually a struggle, speak to your child's teacher about what can be done.
- Parents should remove media and other distractions from the homework space, or ensure that the child's homework area is in a place where supervision is possible, according to Scholastic.
- Some children may avoid homework due to an undiagnosed learning disability, according to KidsHealth. If you think this could be true for your child, schedule a visit with his pediatrician for more assistance.
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