Children are susceptible to the same types of distractions that adults are. It’s hard to concentrate on your homework if you can hear the TV going, your siblings talking and playing, and the dog barking at something. Getting your child to focus in and concentrate can be difficult. Fighting with them about doing their homework is that last thing that you want to do after working all day and then getting supper ready.
Tips for Getting Your Children to Do Their Homework
Here are some tips to help your child concentrate and buckle down so you can quit fighting with them about their homework.
- Make an evening routine. This doesn’t have to be elaborate, but if your child knows that they need to work on their homework while you are making dinner, then that is just the routine. They know when they are supposed to do it and there is less room for arguing.
- Use white noise to help your child concentrate. Like I mentioned above, its difficult to concentrate with all of the other household noises interrupting your child and tempting them to pay attention to something else. This is particularly true when they don’t want to be doing their homework in the first place! I know when I am doing a task I don’t want to do, I’ll usually find any thing else that has to be done before finally buckling down and doing it. This wouldn’t work as well if your child is at the kitchen table, but if there was an out of the way room where they could go to do homework, using a sound machine to add some white background noise would work nicely. (If you want to try it out, there is a free online white noise generator available.)
- Make a homework station. This adds on to the above points. Make a place in your home where the homework is to be done. Perhaps that is in the child’s bedroom, an office, or another room (preferably one without a television.) You could supply some pencils, paper, a calculator, and some healthy snacks. Its easier to do your work if you have everything you need already.
- Be available for questions. You don’t want to do your child’s work for them, but you do want to be available if they need any help or have any questions. Make sure you let them know you aren’t too busy to stop and help them figure something out.
By implementing these techniques–making an evening routine, making a homework station, and utilizing white noise to reduce distractions, you can be well on your way to helping your child focus and concentrate on their learning.