Eliminate Homework Battles
Now, if you say "I'm going to give you 10 minutes to get all of your homework done tonight," they're going to have a heart attack because they probably have at least 30 to 45 minutes of focused work that they're going to have to complete. And so 10 minutes is going to freak them out.
But if you say, "I'm going to give you 10 minutes and I'm going to see if you can write your 5 spelling words 3 times each and see if you can beat the clock." You can do that. Or you can say, "You know what? It looks like you're really stressed out right now about all of that work that you have to do.
How about we just do this for a little while?" And help them focus in on that one specific topic or subject, especially the one that they hate the most. And say, "You know what? Let's work for 10 minutes and I'm going to be right here in case you need me."
Then they're going to say, "Okay, I think I can do 10 minutes." And it's going to be much more likely that they're going to be cooperative as opposed to fighting you tooth and nail about homework. So that's my two tips for you. Number one, don't force it. First thing when they get home, give them a little bit of time.
Even if it's just to eat a snack, to play outside just for a few minutes, let them decompress, just like we need to do after work. And number two, use timers to your advantage. Remember, you can use them a variety of ways. You can do it as a beat your best time. You can do it as let's just break down what would normally take us three hours? Let's just break it down into 10 to 15-minute increments, or you can say a little combination of all of them.
All right, let's see how much you can get done in ten minutes. Now, can you do it in nine minutes? And those are my suggestions to help you and your child make homework a little less stressful.
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