The solution for parents, say experts, is to set firm limits:
1. State clearly how you expect homework to be done. Tell your child, “I expect you to do all your homework, every night. Under no circumstances will I tolerate your not doing homework.”
2. Back up words with actions. Make it clear that choosing not to do homework is choosing not to enjoy certain privileges. Say, “If you choose not to do your homework, then you will not watch TV, listen to music or use the telephone. You will sit here until your homework is done. The choice is yours.”
3. Notice when your child completes homework. “I really like the way you’re getting your homework done. That’s what I expect from you.”
4. Use a homework contract. Make a written agreement with your child that states something like, “Each day you bring home and complete your homework, you will earn one point. When you have earned five (or ten) points, you will earn a special privilege.”
5. Talk to the teacher. If the problem continues, ask the teacher to back up your efforts by providing additional discipline for homework assignments not completed.
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