Here are four reasons some kids do this—and ways you can help:
They’re looking for attention. Skip the scenes. Calmly let your child know you will work with him only if he brings his homework home.
The homework is too difficult. Talk with the teacher. Is your child capable of doing the assignments? Does she need extra help?
They do not understand the importance of homework assignments. Arrange a three-way meeting with your child’s teacher. Have her explain why she gives homework and how it affects the final grade.
They are just plain lazy. Make sure your child writes down all his assignments on an assignment sheet. Ask the teacher to initial the sheet each day to show that it is complete. Look at the sheet each evening.
Here’s another strategy: When she doesn’t bring home materials needed to complete an assignment, give her an alternate homework assignment or perhaps an uninteresting chore. When homework begins to interfere with play, most children will see the light.
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