Homework Helpers

How to get homework done without a fight.

With the start of the school year, the nightly homework battles begin.  Nothing is worse for a parent than to having to beg,plead and yes, even having to yell at their kids to get their homework done – especially after a long day at the office.

Below are seven tips for making homework happen as smoothly as possible:Helpful tips to help your children succeed with their homework

1. Set a regular homework time. This may need to be somewhat flexible to deal with extra-curricular activities, but it should be as regular as possible so your kids know what to expect each day.

2. Invest in cool school supplies.  Funky pencils, colorful erasers and notepads can bring some flair and fun to homework.  Keep everything you need close at hand so your child doesn’t have to search for his or her pencils or homework materials.

3. Create a Good Study Environment:  Homework in front of the TV is a big no-no.  Set up a clean, chaos-free work area that’s well lit and close enough to you for easy access to questions or homework help. Some kids work well with background noise or music, others don’t.  Find what works best for your child and stick to it.

4. Catch up on your homework, reading or emails at the same time. Pay your bills, write your grocery lists, respond to work emails or fill out all those permissions slips.  It’s family homework hour and everyone has work they need to get done.

5. Create a reward system.  Don’t think of it as a bribe, but instead motivation.  You can reward completion of homework within a given time, finishing homework without being reminded, or whatever makes sense for your child.  Discuss with your child what a good reward would be, and feel free to change them as time goes on.

6.  Follow Through and Be Consistent.  Like most other parts of parenting, consistency is key.  If kids think they can talk their way out of it, they will.  Stick to your guns and make sure the homework gets done.  The kids will adapt to the new routine, it just may take some time.

7. Hallelujah, Give Praise!  When homework is finished, praise your kids for getting it done. Let them know that they can now relax because they got their work out of the way.  Play a game with, go outside, allow some computer or TV time – let them see that it’s worth it to get the homework completed in a timely manner and without your nagging.

8 Responses to Homework Helpers

  1. sharwid says:

    i think this is great and as a grandparent and a Ganz animal collector myself, I think this is a wonderful site. I felt lame at first playing on a kiddie site with my grandson but we bond through the animals and games along with contests we put our animals against one another. We have worked hard to try and have different ones than each other but occasionally we have the same ones and we can spend hours playing on this site whether we are together or he is at home. I want to take time out and thank Ganz for this site and all the good it brings not only keeping kids busy but also teaching great values through the land of play in webkinz world.

    • Ganz Parent Club Help says:

      Thank your taking the time to leave positive feedback! We are so glad you enjoy the site and Webkinz playtime with your grand children!

    • shelly says:

      I am a Mother & Grandmother myself. I know how you feel about playing on kiddie sites, But I must admit that I LOVE the Webkinz just as much (if not more) then the kids do! I have a 10 year old daughter & an adult daughter & my spouse that all play Webkinz together. In this new time of computers being a part of all of our lives it is really great to have a Fun & Safe place for a Family to play together. I also Thank Ganz for making a site that appeals to children as well as adults!

    • EARTHSONGS says:

      VERY WELL PUT SHARWID!! I COULD’NT HAVE SAID IT IN THOSE WORDS…BUT HOORAY FOR YOU…GLAD YOU ENJOY WEBKINZ AS MUCH AS I DO..I AM ALMOST IN MY 60′S, HAVE NO CHILDREN, BUT ENJOY PLAYING..GUESS WE ARE ALL KIDS AT HEART…HAVE FUN AND YOU CAN ADD ME IF YOU WANT….PEACE BE WITH YOU….AND THANKS WEBKINS FOR MAKING THIS FUN FOR ALL OF US ADULTS ALSO!!!

  2. Andrea says:

    My favorite home work helper is Sparknotes.com! They really help!

  3. grannyzett says:

    I’m in my 70′s and my life is webkinz. I have over 20 pets on three accounts. I think it is educational without the kids knowing it. Thank you Ganz.

  4. dune456 says:

    I like how you suggest Family Homework time.. It is a very good suggestion. One that i think our family will add to our lives..

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