By Angela Norton Tyler, author of Tutor Your Child to Reading Success
Children like knowing what is expected of them and what is going to happen next. They also like knowing that they can count on the adults in their lives to lovingly enforce those rules and stick to the routines.
In the beginning, your charge may fight against homework rules and routines, but you must be strong! Soon, he will accept the rules and secretly be happy they exist.
Here are some common homework issues and questions:
1. What time must homework be started?
2. How late is too late to do homework?
3. Are breaks allowed? How many and how long?
1. Where can homework be done?
2. Where can it NOT be done?
1. Can friends come over and do homework? Which friends?
2. Can you talk on the phone during homework time? (Come on, now!)
1. What happens if homework is not completed?
2. What happens if homework is not completed regularly?
Ground Rules must be short, simple, reasonable, and clearly understood by every member of the household and any regular visitors such as Grandma.
Ground Rules should be posted. Get creative and fancy or keep it simple, but post the Homework Ground Rules so that everybody can see them. I recommend putting a copy on the refrigerator, a copy in your child's homework binder, and a copy in the 'homework area'- if you have one.
Ground Rules must be enforceable. There is no point in setting rules if nobody is going to follow them! If the child does not do his homework or follow an agreed-upon rule, the consequence must follow. Children are masters at making us feel guilty, but enforcing rules that benefit them is part of our job.
Tomorrow: Proper Space to do Homework
What are the household homework rules for the students in your care?