The battle about homework actually becomes a battle over control. Your child starts fighting to have more control over the choices in his life, while you feel that your job as a parent is to be in control of things. This is probably the biggest cause of battles on a daily basis.
Many parents tell me that their children are not motivated to do their work. I believe that children are motivated, they just may not be motivated the way you’d like them to be.
Tips on how to handle children who are reluctant to do homework:
* Get homework out of the way before bedtime. Children need time to unwind before bed.
* Offer choices as to how, when or where homework will be done, but present it as an accepted fact that it will be done.
* Establish a study routine and find your child’s best time of day for studying.
* Use praise to achieve intrinsic motivation. Avoid using bribes.
* If grades are failing or falling, take away screen time so your child can focus and have more time to concentrate on his work.
* Make it the rule that weekend activities don’t happen until work is completed. Complete homework first.
* Make sure you aren’t making the process more painful by demanding perfection, being critical or trying to teach new methods.