Tips to Get your Kids to Finish Homework Fast

Day 7, HUB #7

loads of homework everyday , thanks to the teachers
loads of homework everyday , thanks to the teachers | Source

Are you doing your job as a parent?

Do you inquire your children (schoolage or teens ) about their homework?

  • Not everyday
  • Yes everyday, after he reaches home from school
  • Sometimes when I noticed that he is playing instead of doing his homework
  • Hadn't seen him the whole day after school
  • No idea, my children are living in boarding school/grandparents/childcare
  • I let them do what they want, no restrictions
  • Never had to worry about them
  • None of the above, please leave your own answer in comment box, tq
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The Importance of Homework

Do you have children studying at primary or secondary school?

Do you feel worried everyday whenever you see them concentrating on using the Internet, browsing websites that are not related to their homework?

  • You wouldn’t even know whether your children are making a good use of internet, modern technology to aid their homework either.
  • There are parents who are also worried when their children spend every evenings and weekends buried under piles of books, projects and homework which seems endless.
  • Homework is essential for children to learn how to use research books, newspapers and a computer to solve homework problems by themselves.
  • Children should learn to be independent, look for solutions to improve their learning skills instead of relying on tuition teachers, parents or older siblings for answers to their school homework.
  • They learn to be organized, which comes first and next, when to complete the tasks given by teachers.
  • Doing homework at home give children ample time to learn basic lesson of different subjects in school. Listening to teachers teaching on how to solve maths problems are far better than wasting time figuring out the formulas at lesson time.
  • There are a few things that parents can do to help their children stay focus on their homework without giving up easily.

Here are 7 useful tips on how to encourage your kids to do homework that surely works!

White lights

fluorescent light, bright and white, I prefer to use bright lights for kids
fluorescent light, bright and white, I prefer to use bright lights for kids | Source

Tips No.1- Choose a Comfortable Room

  • Choose a quiet corner or a comfortable room as the study room for your child.
  • It can be a small room or even upstairs living hall which is much spacious.
  • Make sure that the study room is well-lit with white fluorescent lamp .
  • Avoid orange or neon bulb lamps which are too dim for them to read the books and unhealthy for his eyesight.
  • Put a long wide table or a desk with drawers, a comfortable chair with armrest in the study room.
  • Do not add in a bed or lazy couch that may “invite” your child to sleep.
  • If possible, make sure that the study room is quiet, far from entertainment components such as television, radio, video games and computers which may distract his concentration.

Light Snack

light luncheon meat sandwich is my kids favorite snack
light luncheon meat sandwich is my kids favorite snack | Source

Tip No.2- Eat and Drink

  • Encourage your child to eat and drink before starting their homework.
  • Parents should give children some light healthy snacks such as sandwiches or muffins to fill up their hunger pangs.
  • Give them healthy beverages, preferably warm drinks or fresh fruit juice to quench their thirst.
  • Well fed children are able to concentrate and use their intelligence when they are full of energy and stamina.
  • However, do not overfeed them with fatty, oily food or high in sugar snacks which may cause them feeling sleeping and lazy after a hearty meal.
  • Allow them to rest for 10minutes before continuing their homework.
  • A short break of light meals and drinks help them to feel rejuvenate from stress.


a comfy bed, looks inviting for kids
a comfy bed, looks inviting for kids | Source

Tip No.3- Get Ready for Bedtime

  • Remind your kids to go to bed at a reasonable time.
  • Allow them to get ready for bedtime after they had finish their homework.
  • It is advisable for children to start doing their homework early rather than giving them an extra hour of homework when they are too tired to concentrate and feeling sleepy.
  • Let them start early, preferably after meal so that they have sufficient time to finish their homework and remind them to get ready to bed at least 30min before bedtime.
  • Discuss with your children which is a reasonable time to go to bed and keep to the schedule.
  • Do not allow them to delay the time to do homework after the schedule is fixed. Once they are given the chance to break the rule, they will give you a dozen of excuses to escape from doing homework whenever they see any loopholes.
  • Before going to bed, no watching TV or using cellphones, any electrical gadgets, not even 10 minutes.
  • Let their little brains rest so that they could fall asleep easily.

What time does your kid goes to bed?

  • around 7pm-8pm
  • after 9pm
  • Anytime, as long he finishes his homework
  • He follows my time. What time I go to bed, he follows my timing.
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Mark the calendar

write down your schedule in the calendar
write down your schedule in the calendar | Source

Tip No.4- Homework Schedule

  • List out homework schedule on the study room wall or calendar so that your children could take note what homework they have to do for the day.
  • Divide to 2 subjects per day they have to revise after the homework is done, if time is available.
  • Allocated ample time for each homework to be done in a day and what extra worksheets they had to complete in the week.
  • Having a schedule fixed is a best work out for children as they know what to do next, without waiting for parents to keep reminding them what to do next.
  • Furthermore, a homework schedule helps them to be more independent and self- organized.
  • Do not waste precious time on not important stuff. Some homework can be done later in the week as it is not compulsory to pass up the next day. For example, Art class is held on every Wednesday. Since the art work has to be pass up the next Wednesday, schedule the art work to be done on weekends instead.
  • Keep them up-to-date by checking on the Homework schedule as often as possible.

Please don't shout at me!

quit nagging at kids, you will drive them to the wall
quit nagging at kids, you will drive them to the wall | Source

Tip No.5- Quit Nagging

  • Do not add pressure to your children.
  • Mothers are born to nag at children over the slightest mistake.
  • Quit nagging or cut down your nagging habit.
  • It will add severe pressure and tension to the children’s mind and body.
  • Don’t nag about the messy bedroom that irritates you especially when they are in the mid of doing their homework.
  • Leave it until the weekends when they are free from homework.
  • Do not press them too hard, demanding for excellent results in examinations, being top in the class or have perfect homework.
  • Nothing is perfect. Every child has his unique talent and ability to do something extra-ordinary from others.
  • Remind your child once or the most twice and leave him alone.
  • Give him some freedom of space to breathe, do the things on his own way.

I need a break!

Give the kids a break!
Give the kids a break! | Source

Tip No.6- A Short Break

  • Allow the children to rest from time to time.
  • Let them take a short break to stretch out, drink some refreshments, go for a pee or simply do nothing at all.
  • Children need to rest their brain and eyesight after an hour of homework.
  • You can let them take a break at every 30min or 45min .
  • It will help them to relax their mind and body as they will not feel bored or cultivate the hatred towards homework.
  • Incidentally, after a rest, they might have new ideas or the solutions to the homework problems.
  • Pressing for time would lead to disaster in making more mistakes than finding solutions.
  • Give them a break, get a Kit-Kat!

Call the teacher

with cellphone and telephones , it is easier to get in touch with teachers for more details
with cellphone and telephones , it is easier to get in touch with teachers for more details | Source

Tip No.- . Keep in Touch with Teacher

  • If you have any questions or worries about your children behavior in school, how he fare in his homework, it is wise to keep in touch with the teacher in charge.
  • Liaise with the teacher when you have some doubts in mind.
  • Sometimes, children may misunderstand the teacher’s instructions or didn’t pay attention in class during lesson period.
  • Your children could contact their classmates in order to re-confirm the queries if they do not want you to call the teacher.
  • Parents and teacher should have a half yearly meeting in school or interact with each other during retrieving the children’s report card in school.
  • Hence, parents will be well informed of the children’s conduct, behavior and improve the homework too.

© 2012 peachy

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Vintagetreasures 4 years ago

Interesting article with good tips. I've found that if I don't insist they start homework as soon as they get home from school it goes more smoothly. Just like adults need a little down time, so do kids. So mine are free to do as they wish until 5:00 (gives my elementary school kid about 90 minutes) Then it's immediately time for homework right after dinner. That way they're at the kitchen table working quietly while I'm cleaning up and available if there are any questions.

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peachpurple 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author

Great idea! While your kids are doing homework at the kitchen table, yo do your dish washing. Thanks for sharing!

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Kate Mc Bride 4 years ago from Donegal Ireland

There are some good guidelines in this hub that I'm going to try out.Getting homework done can be stressful for the parent and the child.

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peachpurple 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home Author

@Kate Mcbride

Thanks for reading my hub. I am sure some of these tips will help most parents because they worked for me. Good luck!

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AlisonRuth 3 years ago from USA

Like this hub! My son is nine it is tough getting him to settle to doing homework. He is currently on summer break but I have him work on math and reading everyday. Just want to keep his skills up. Going to try a few ideas listed here to see if it helps. Getting my son to do his work is like pulling teeth. Thanks for the hub good solid ideas.

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Esther Strong 20 months ago from UK

I'm glad you included the benefits of taking breaks during homework sessions. Reminds me of when my daughter and I would have a 5 minute singalong during her homework breaks - really lifts the spirits.

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peachpurple 20 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

Wow, singing is a unique way to keep kids happy

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Lorelei Cohen 19 months ago from Canada

Excellent advice and your drawings are adorable. I had no idea you were so artistic. My kids are now grown and I have grandchildren but I so remember my slow daughter having tons of homework every night. I was so relieved when summer vacation would come. She did go through to graduate and attend 2 years of college as well. Shocking lol.

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peachpurple 19 months ago from Home Sweet Home Author

thanks for your kind comments, encouraging words do help for kids to do their homework too, rather than yelling

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