Many parents have a bedtime routine their children follow: Take a bath. Brush teeth. Tell stories. Exchange hugs and kisses. Just as this helps kids wind down and prepare for sleeping, a homework ritual helps them regroup and prepare for studying.
The best rituals are simple. They’re predictable and don’t require kids to think. They help children get into a habit.
Children will eventually take their own steps to prepare to do homework. But until then, it helps to have parents play a role:
Make an announcement. Let your child know homework time is about to begin. (Most kids do well with 5 minutes’ notice. But some need as much as 30 minutes to make a smooth transition from play to work.)
Remind your child about ending current activities. “Put your toys away.” “Turn off the TV.”
Give reminders about preparing to studying. “Clear the table.” “Get your books.”
Ignore complaints and attempts to bargain for more free time. Be cheerily silent. Or reduce friction with a silly joke.
Help set the stage. Bring a glass of water or school supplies to the table.
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