Top Reasons Why Your Child Hates Homework
Homework, Homework, Homework! Kids get tired of this most of the time and parents even more from convincing their children to do their school homework. Though we parents need to encourage our kids to finish their school projects, assignments and readings, we too sometimes get weary in pushing them to do it. So how can we help them get over this sluggishness without you becoming stressed as well?
Reason 1: Too many distractions
Especially with the number of available entertainment ranging from the shows on television to gadgets, computer games etc. and having played some of the games myself, it could be really addicting and one that you could not wait to finish but also a never-ending game.
What to do: For this concern, limit their time in playing video games or watching TV. Instead use this as an advantage by giving it as a reward that if they’ve finished their homework they can watch or play their video games. Until, maybe, they’re mature enough to handle this, gadgets, computers and television should be in a family entertainment room and never in their individual rooms. This would help us parents also monitor what they are watching or playing.
Reason 2: Limited Time
This is still in connection to above reason. A reported study done by Kaiser Family Foundation shows that kids spend at most 7 to 8 hours a day in front of television, computer, smartphone or any digital device. This shows that the more kids are exposed to this entertainment tool, the more the distraction is and the more they would be irritant or only has half of their attention towards their assignment or homework so they could get back to playing or watching.
What to do: Limit their exposure to these entertainment tools and uncompromisingly monitor their homework. Do not give in just because they had finished their assignment. They might have completed it in a hurry so they could go back to playing but might not have fully understood the lessons that they are supposed to learn. Do some question and answer activity to check if they really understood.
Reason 3: Lack of Understanding for Studying
Most kids do not understand why they go have to go to school. Soon they will feel it is more obligatory instead of feeling it a privilege of learning. It becomes a routine that they could take for granted as it is given to them freely.
What to do: Parents should never get tired of motivating kids to have fun learning in school. Constantly (but not every day) excite them on what they will get from going to school. There had been a lot of studies to help us make our kids understand some of the reasons. As detailed by Manali Oak of Why Education is important you expand some of his lists: It gives knowledge, it leads to career progression, it builds character, it leads to enlightenment, and it helps a nation progress. To help them realize this, asking them questions like “So how was your seatmate today?” the response might even also help you learn the attitude of your kids towards other people. From there, you can do some encouragement. If from our example your kid responded, “My seatmate forgot to bring her pen so I lend her some of my spare pens”, you can always praise them and end it by saying, you can only find some of these experiences in school. This way, according to studydaddy they will be more motivated to go back to school and eventually be more enthusiastic towards their homework as well.