Got a child who doesn’t want to do homework? Or is his mind always drifting during homework time?
Helen Marjan, former joint managing director and director of studies at Lorna Whiston Schools, says: “Children who are prone to daydreaming and appear to lack motivation can be a source of stress to both parents and teachers.”
Unfortunately, many try to deal with the problem by simply telling the kid to focus and get on with it.
This “nagging” isn’t only ineffective, it can actually make the situation worse when your child doesn’t want to do homework.
“Instead, ask your child how he’s feeling about school. It might be that he is finding aspects of his work difficult and needs some support with it,” she advises.
Read with him regularly and share the joy of learning.
Other kids might feel bored as they find that their homework is too easy. Give challenges by building in quizzes or setting research projects.
Also, praise your child when he does something well. This will help boost his confidence and focus.
Finally, ensure he gets plenty of sleep and has some time-out from school to pursue his own interests as well.
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