Homework is not easy. You know that, having gone through years in elementary, high school and college with mountain of them on your back. This is why most parents understand the need for them to help their children with their homework. They know how hard it can be to manage time and to even find the motivation to continue working after a full day in school.
But while helping your kids with their homework is important, doing it for them yourself should not be encouraged. Homeworks are there not to torture your kids but to give them the opportunity to learn about hard work and responsibility. It is teachers way of subtly teaching kids that in life, you will be given more work than you can imagine and that life isnt just about fun and games. There are also times when you have to sacrifice leisure for work in order to have the time to fully relax.
This is perhaps the most common mistakes that parents make about homework. Because they dont want their children to have difficulties and to suffer, they do the homework themselves thinking that their kids can learn about it by looking at them. But though children can do learn about the lesson, they will not have the motivation to utilize that learning. After all, mommy or daddy can do it anyway. So why exert the effort? Children also need to know that they have to work and it is their responsibility to do so. Doing this will help them become more responsible and reliable. These people will have good work ethic and good attitude towards work.
One of the ways to help your children with their homework without doing all the work yourself. is to set a specific time for them to study and do their homework. To help ease this new schedule and get children to accept it easily, involve them in the decision-making. Ask them what time they prefer to do their homework. Some children find it easier to work when they have already eaten their snacks, relaxed for a while and did something really fun. There are others who need to work on their homework immediately after school while the lessons are still fresh in their minds.
As difficult as it is to believe, children thrive on schedules and routines. Remember that these little ones do not have any concepts yet of things. Everything is new so whatever you will teach them or tell them will feel like the law. That is why it is important for kids to learn at an early age, not only because this is the time when their brain development is at its peak but also because this is the time when they learn much about the environment. This is the time to teach them core values that they will need when they step out to the real world.
Setting the schedule for them will help them make homework time concrete in their minds and therefore help them remember. The routine will also help them get into the groove of things. When they are used to doing it, it will become automatic.
Another technique that parents can use to help their children with their homework is to provide a study corner with lots of resource materials and references. Having a special place where they can study will motivate children to work.