The list of excuses can seem endless: “I don’t have any homework today.” “My teacher never looks at my homework anyway.” “That assignment was optional.” “I did it at school.” If only your child could be that creative with their actual homework, getting good grades would be no problem!
Pre-teens and teens often insist they have no homework even when they do, or tell parents that they’ve completed their assignments at school when they haven’t.
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Klare Heston is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Ohio.
But if their grades reflect missing assignments, or your child’s teachers tell you that they’re falling behind, you need to institute some new homework practices in your household.
For those classes in which your child is doing poorly, they lose the privilege of doing homework in an unstructured way.
If they say “I forgot my books at school,” have them read a book related to one of their subjects.
By making study time a priority, you will sidestep all those excuses and claims of “no homework today.” If your child has to spend a few days doing “busy work” during the daily homework time, you may even find that they bring home more actual assignments! Use a Public Space It’s important to monitor your child’s homework time.
You can also plan a small 'treat' afterward to give your child something to look forward to.
These tips are useful for parents who are helping their kids with homework assignments that involve letter recognition, printing letters and small words, and building kindergarten reading readiness skills.