Here is the best guide to helping kids do homework successfully that we’ve seen, published by the National Association of School Psychologists on their website, There are two key strategies parents can draw on to reduce homework hassles.
The first is to establish clear routines around homework, including when and where homework gets done and setting up daily schedules for homework.
The time may vary depending on the individual child.
Some children need a break right after school to get some exercise and have a snack.
When parents remind children of this as they sit down at their desks they may be able to spark the engine that drives the child to stick with the work until it is done.
These involve more planning and more work on the part of parents but in some cases are necessary to address more significant homework problems.
The second is to build in rewards or incentives to use with children for whom “good grades” is not a sufficient reward for doing homework.
Tasks are easiest to accomplish when tied to specific routines.
More complex incentives systems might include a structure for earning points that could be used to “purchase” privileges or rewards or a system that provides greater reward for accomplishing more difficult homework tasks.
These systems work best when parents and children together develop them.