7 rules to stop homework battles for good!

Learn nifty ways to get your kiddo to complete his assignments on time.

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Getting junior to do his homework on his own — without your incessant prodding — can be a struggle. This is especially so, if your child has difficulty focusing on tasks or needs extra guidance with a subject his is weak in.

Unfortunately, there is no getting away from having to do assignments. After all, it helps the teacher determine your child’s proficiency in a subject, as well as hone his skills and speed in problem solving. On the upside, if junior’s scoring in his assignments, he’ll be more confident and perhaps do better in his exams.

Help him realise the decision to do his homework can enable him to feel happy when he performs well in his exams rather than feel guilty at not putting in the effort.

Having good study habits isn’t something that comes naturally or easily — it’s a skill that has to be built over time. But like other habits, once your child puts it into practice, it becomes second nature. So, the sooner you nurture your child’s studying habits, the earlier you’ll set the stage for conflict-free studying later on. If you find yourself struggling to sweet talk (or even bribe) your child into doing his assignments, here are some helpful tips to cultivate your tween’s homework habits…

1. Help your child understand the purpose of homework Your tween is trying to get out of completing his homework because he feels it’s boring and he does not recognise the purpose of doing it. That’s why manager at Touch Community Services, Chong Ee Jay stresses that it’ll help for you to have a conversation with him, to help him think through and compare the consequences for finishing, or not attempting his school work. Help him realise the decision to do his homework can enable him to feel happy when he performs well in his exams, rather than feel guilty at not putting in any effort.

2. Start small Gradually build up the amount of time junior spends on his work. You should take into account your child’s learning style when it comes to completing assignments. You’ll be setting junior up for failure if you make him sit and complete his work for prolonged periods of time, knowing that he has a short attention span. Help him break down his assignments into chunks of work he can do in an hour or 30 minute blocks, then gradually extend the time spent depending on his progress. Psychologist at Insights Mind Centre, Daniel Koh stresses that it is important to give your child a break when he’s doing his work, too. “Taking breaks can help the mind to relax and recharge. It can also let the child have the time to move around.”

Five more handy tips coming right up!