Magazine article Work & Family Life

Give Children a Say on Rules and Routines

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Give Children a Say on Rules and Routines

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To avoid flare-ups with kids, agree on some basic rules and routines for doing homework. If you give them a say in making the rules, they'll be more likely to comply with them.

AGREE on when and where homework will be done. Agree on how much and when a child can watch TV or play a video game after homework is done.

TURN OFF THE TV. Make it a house rule: No TV during study time. What about the radio? Many kids seem to be able to do their homework with music playing in the background. Ideally, however, it helps to eliminate as much distraction as possible.

ENCOURAGE INDEPENDENCE. Get children to manage the logistics of homework on their own: for example, keeping track of assignments and putting homework in backpacks the night before. Ask kids what school supplies they need, but make it their responsibility to have paper, pencils, note pads, notebook paper, etc. …

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