Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Groza Learning Center. However, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
Let’s face it, homework is as much of a headache for parents as it is for children. I remember at my boy’s old school, my oldest son in kindergarten had homework that would take us until after midnight to do each night and each week the teacher would assign a family homework assignment that everyone had to partake in. Can you talk about a major headache every night for everyone?
Now, we’re in a no homework school, but guess what?
If you’ve guessed that we still have homework this is correct.
While my kindergartner only must read each night. My first grader, on top of reading, has writing and math homework to do and my second grader will be starting to have homework as well probably next month.
Honestly, if I knew they were going to have homework this year, we probably wouldn’t have signed up for football because between the bus being close to an hour late each day, having to make sure they eat dinner before practice and then going to practice, our daily schedules after school is full.
However, I have found some things that work for me to make homework be not much of a headache and I thought I would share them with you today.
Get Fun Educational Games to Incorporate
With three boys as you probably can imagine, there are so many different personalities and viewpoints that it’s enough to drive me insane. My oldest pretty much does what he knows he needs to do now, but for my first grader, I’ve had to get creative.
For example, my middle son isn’t the biggest fan of math but is very hands on. Therefore, when it’s time to do math problems I had to get creative.
At first, we were pulling out pennies to do it, but as you can imagine as you get to larger numbers the pennies can add up and he would lose track of what was what when counting. Therefore, we had to pull out some reinforcements.
Right now, we’re using the Spell and Count Magnetic Play Board, which works for him since he’s able to touch and maneuver the numbers.
Give Them Incentives to Focus on Getting Homework Out of the Way
If you remember, Chore Check allows you to get a prepaid card so your kids can get paid for their chores and has stealable tasks. Therefore, I have added reading for twenty minutes and completing homework as one of their tasks under the app.
This way, whoever gets those tasks done first will have money added to their payment. It gives them an incentive to get their homework done and not fool around because as most young kids my boys love receiving money.
Another way I incentivize them is with football. To play the games, they must make sure that they are doing their homework and behaving in school. So far, it’s been working as both boys love playing football, but we’ll see how the rest of the school year goes.
Don’t Be Afraid to Get Additional Help
If your child is really struggling to grasp what’s going on in school or not understanding the homework assignments it may be time to seek additional help. There are a ton of resources available and you also have the option of getting them a tutor, using a service such as Groza Learning Center, or taking advantage of some of the afterschool educational programs that are in your local area.
Do It as Soon as They Get Home (if possible)
I’m not sure about you, but I like to be very organized and stick to a schedule. On days, when there’s football practice its especially important that homework is done as soon as they are in the house since by the time practice is over it’s time for showers and bed.
Furthermore, by doing homework as soon as they get home, they are kind of still in school mode and don’t have the chance to get into play mode yet. Plus, with homework out of the way, once dinner is served you can spend time together as a family before it’s time to start preparing for the next day.
Work While They Do Homework
If your kids are doing homework that doesn’t require you to be assisting them with it, work while they are doing their homework. This shows them that you are also doing “homework” per say and aren’t grumbling about it so maybe they will be more accepting to doing their homework since mom or dad is doing it too.
After I’ve gotten the boys started with their homework I like to do basic tasks I’ve missed during the day, check the forums, or my email, so they can see that I am also working while they are doing their homework. We’re all at the table together still and being productive.
Final Thoughts on How to Make Doing Homework Not Such a Headache
Overall, homework was not one of my most fun things to do when I was a kid and it’s not something that I enjoy having to do with my kids as well – especially at this age. They’ve already sat in school for multiple hours quietly and then when they come home it’s still time to be in school mode when I’m sure they’re ready to relax. However, it’s something that must be done. Thankfully, with the advice I’ve shared here I’ve been able to decrease homework meltdowns by 80% and I hope that they can make doing homework not be such a headache for you as well.
Have something you would like to add? Tell us in the comments section below how you make doing homework not such a headache.