How to Help Your Child Feel Motivated with homework

October 31, 2019

A lot of times, parents complain about how their children are disinterested in homework, and it can honestly be extremely frustrating, especially when they know that their child has a lot of potential to do well. If that sounds like something you’re going through, here’s a bit of help.

Read on to discover how you, as a parent, can help your child feel motivated to get on with his schoolwork.

Motivate your child to complete homework

Quit Being Pushy

More often than not, it is you, being excessively pushy and nothing less than obsessed with your child performing well at school that has the exact opposite effect and makes him less interested in actually putting in any effort at all. As a parent, you might have your concerns, and you might be worried about how his school performance may affect his future, and all of that is absolutely okay but as tough as it might seem, you have to be a bit easy on yourself and your child. Don’t obsess over scores and test results, and certainly don’t resort to nagging.

Have the Right Atmosphere

The simplest and easiest way to get your child more interested in learning is to have the right atmosphere at home. Bring in some good books that get your child’s interested and encourage them to be involved in activities and games that get them to learn new things. Be a passionate learner yourself – your child learns a lot more from you than you can imagine. Also set a special spot for him in the house where he can study, undisturbed.

In fact, if you’re up for it, you can also host study sessions at your home where you could invite his friends and have them all study together and keep it effortless.

Be More Involved

Being too much involved, or hardly bothered with your child’s performance at school are both equally damaging. Find the middle ground and make sure you ask your child about his progress at school and be in touch with his academic activities. Try to make it a casual conversation rather than anything else- remember, a conversation is better than an interrogation.

Stay in touch with their teachers at school to keep a record of how things are going there.

Set the Right Balance

Remember that growing children hate being controlled, so make sure you have the right balance of both at home. Offer your child some control over some aspects of his schoolwork- such as which subject he wants to study first, and which chapters he wants to cover on which days etc, but be firm in your rules about homework and study sessions at home. Balance school work and playtime and try to keep things as enjoyable and light as possible instead of stressful – that’ll make it feel less like a task.

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  • Caroline Cutress October 31, 2019 at 9:10 am

    A lot of really good points. You are so right – a balance is so important

  • Charli October 31, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    I always enjoyed doing my homework but I think that’s because my parents would spend a lot of time helping me with it when I was younger so it became a social thing that stuck in my memory as that as I grew up.
    C x

  • Jenna Parrington October 31, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    I struggle with Noah sometimes, although he’s only six. These tips will really help me going forward!

  • the Curious Pixie October 31, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    So many great points I’ll need to take on board soon. Hard but really important to strike the right balance.

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN October 31, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    We’ve set up routines which I find helpful. I find now that most of the time when the kids have homework they’ll come home, take it out and do it automatically. It means they can have their own time to do as they wish after.

  • Emily Williams October 31, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    I use to hate doing homework it wasn’t until I find pens that worked that I discovered having the right equipment mattered as well when you are doing homework an uncomfortable pen will make things very awkward and homework stressfull

  • Eva Katona November 1, 2019 at 8:30 am

    Lot of great advices here. It is one of my hardest task as a parent to an autistic but highly intelligent child. He’s so unmotivated when it comes to certain things but need literally no help to pick up the things he’s interested in.

  • Kara November 1, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Isaac has been quite good since starting secondary school, I think as they are very strict with it. I really struggle with Sebby though – he hates it!!

  • Rhian Westbury November 1, 2019 at 1:37 pm

    Thankfully when I was younger I was quite motivated to do homework but my brother certainly wasn’t and my parents did struggle there. I do agree with don’t be as pushy as the more you push the more kids don’t want to do something x

  • Rebecca Smith November 1, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Some great tips. It can be a real struggle to get Jack motivated to do his sometimes. We ask that he does his first thing on Saturday morning so it is out of the way for the rest of the day

  • WhatLauraLoves November 2, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    I think theres so much pressure put on children to do well. i think id try to encourage my child to get the homework out of the way so we could focus on play! xxx

  • Rachel Craig November 2, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Enviroment :- Yes, I believe this is important. As we could hear music from the travelling fairground at home. Also if looked out of the window could see the flashing lights from the fairground. Though the fairground was outwith our housing scheme / area, we could be disturbed by it :- lights and noise / sounds. Yet could be trying to study for upcoming exams.

    A friend introduced me to the local library. In those days there were posters encouraging us to be silent. I found this a great place for studying, doing homework, learning (from the available books). A place which can facilitate learning.

    I wish libraries would encourage a degree of ‘Quiet’ :- As people are trying to concentrate, learn, search for information, etc. Though do appreciate Book Trust and Book Bug is good for babies, children, families, etc. Usually aware of this in the background.

    Unfortunately background noise can be disturbing / distracting for those with hearing aids. As hearing aid tends to amplify background noise. Perhaps there will be future improvements.

    With our own family library has been helpful / useful for projects, etc.

    I think often perhaps we need refreshments after school / college / University prior to then doing homework, study, etc. Playtime, rest, leisure, recreation, entertainment are also important parts / aspect of life. Balance and Quality seem important.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas.

  • Elizabeth Williams November 2, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    Great tips on helping children with their homework. My eldest has just started getting homework so always looking for ideas on how to help him.

  • Stephanie November 3, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Hey thanks for the pointers, lately I’ve been really struggling with my son when it comes to his homework. Maybe striking the right balance will help me get him interested in his homework

  • Yaya November 5, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    These are some good tips. It seems that the more we push the more they resist so that’s a brilliant one to have in there! It’s important to think of the big picture as parents not just test results.

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