Keep the Peace at Homework Time

Keep the Peace at Homework Time

Create a safe and pleasant practice space

This space should include the essentials required for completing homework tasks. In this way, no time is wasted searching for pencils, rulers, math sets, etc.

A well-lit, quiet area with a good working surface is best.

It does not need to be a whole room or anything fancy, the corner of a room will do.

Routine is key

Knowing the time and duration of homework will reduce arguments and resistance. Be patient but firm on this point. Schedule the times and be consistent. Students of all ages and skill levels benefit from structure and predictability.

Provide support

Your support will vary depending on the age of the child and the course or material being studied. Allow time for independent work before stepping in. Avoid micromanaging and definitely do not take over the task!

“Support” does not mean mom or dad doing the homework.

Breaks and movement

Encourage breaks and incorporate movement when needed.

During longer sessions, short breaks can improve focus and increase productivity. Some students need movement to remain on task. This can be accomplished during short breaks in which one can stretch, dance, do a few quick yoga poses, and so on.

Also, small movements (fingers, toes) can help some students to remain calm and focused. Make sure these movements are helpful and not distractions.


Picture2Celebrate achievements large and small.

This will vary depending on the age and ability of the student and the material. Any true gain should be acknowledged. Positive reinforcement motivates everyone to do better. I’ve seen brooding, cool teens who tower over me light up with just a wee compliment: “Awesome?” “You did it?” “This is better than last time.” “You’re getting the idea.”

A sticker, a high five, or something more substantial when the achievement is more substantial all help keep the learning motor running.


Be a good role model for learning.

Demonstrate good study habits. Have a positive attitude toward learning. Be keen!

Learning should not be something to “just get over with.” Read, show an interest in current events, discuss movies or shows together, and so on. If they see how much enjoyment you get from learning, they will want a piece of the action.

Portraying a positive attitude toward your work can also help. Students often mimic parents’ attitudes to “work” into their homework.

Seek assistance

Other students can help. Form a study group (but make sure it is about learning).

Teachers will often be able to offer guidance.

Tutors are also a valuable resource. Hello!

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