Why You Should Make Homework Fun
Do you struggle with your children daily over making sure all their homework gets done? Lots of parents do not even realize just how much homework their children have, because they choose to leave it up to their kids to get it done. Other parents create a daily routine of sitting down and doing homework together.
Regardless of how homework is completed in your home, it is an important part of many school kids' lives. And if your children bring homework with them from school, but aren't encouraged to do their best or even to simply complete it, this will affect their overall performance at school. Despite your personal opinion of homework, you should make it a fun part of your child's learning experience.
Let's face it. Homework has long been the bane of every child's existence. Many parents are of the opinion that homework is not necessary, and that teachers send home work that children should be completing in class at school during the day. While this might hold true in some instances, there are many times when homework is a healthy supplement to what your child has already learned or is currently covering in class.
So if homework becomes a necessary part of your child's education, why not make it fun for them? After a long day at school, they are tired and the last thing they want to do is homework. But if they must, here are some reasons why you, the parent, should make homework fun for them.
Making homework fun takes the stress and pressure off your child.
We all know how stressful some homework assignments can be. To top it off, your child is probably mentally exhausted and is ready for a break from the books. Making it a fun part of the afternoon can help to greatly reduce the amount of stress your child is already feeling from school.
Making homework fun for your child makes it less of a hassle for you.
If your child is one who always puts up a fight when it comes time to do homework, do you argue with them and force them to do it? Not only are you adding to your child's stress, but you are just creating a stressful situation for yourself as well. When you can make homework a fun time together, your child is much less likely to argue about doing it and more likely to get it done without a fuss. It's a win-win situation for you both.
Making homework fun means your child has less trouble getting through it.
There will be times when your child brings home a challenging--even difficult--homework task. When this happens, you might find that you'd rather just do it yourself rather than struggle through it with your child. Or maybe you tend to walk away and leave your child to deal with the difficult task on their own because you don't have the patience to help them. Creating a fun atmosphere to complete homework assignments will help your child be more willing to try to finish their assignment.
The homework has to be done anyway, so why not make it fun?
When your child has homework, it must be done, regardless of whether or not they want to do it. So why not help make it fun for them? The more fun you can make it, the more willing they will be to do their work in a timely fashion. Then they'll have time for things that are much more fun for them after a long day of learning.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2009 Hope Wilbanks