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Courtesy KGO-TV's The View From
Aired on Friday, Nov. 3, 2006
If you have kids in grade school, then you've
probably heard this line many times: "I don't
want to do my homework!"
Lizzie Bermudez introduced us to an expert with
some tips on how to get ahead, and a Bay Area
family that's making the grade when it comes to
Whether you're a stay-at-home mom or a working
mom, it's something we all have to deal with -
getting our kids to do their homework.
Jessie Bell, mom: "She'll come in, she'll
want a snack. She'll want to see her dog. And
then it's pretty much sitting down and getting
started, because when she's comes home at 5:30,
we don't have much time there before she starts
getting tired, and we're not going to get anything
out of it."
Lizzie Bermudez: "When we first walked through
the door, I asked you about homework. How would
you rate it on a scale of one to ten? One being
your least favorite."
Sydney Bell, daughter: "One."
Nine-year-old Sydney Bell is like a lot of kids
her age when it comes to homework.
Lizzie Bermudez: "Do you ever get too tired
to want to do your homework?"
Sydney Bell, daughter: ""Yes, once I
was so tired that I stared to cry because I had
to do my homework
Lizzie Bermudez: "Just a long bad day?"
Sydney Bell, daughter: "No, it was more like
Lizzie Bermudez: "Is there anything about
the daily home from school, home from activity,
routine that you as a parent dread?"
Jessie Bell, mom: "Yeah, sometimes it is
hectic because I'm trying to get home, trying
to get dinner done. I want her to get her homework
done early enough because after about 7:30, forget
it -- she's needs to not be doing homework. The
thought is just not there."
Abbie Richie is with The Buddy System, a service
that could help families that are running into
problems when it comes to homework time and sitting
down with their kids.
Abbie Richie, The Buddy System: "They could
have a tutor work one-on-one with their child,
specifically within a subject that they're having
difficulty with. A lot of times parents don't
have the academic knowledge to help their child
with algebra or a more complicated subject. It
could be anything from organization skills to
chemistry. So our tutor would come to your home
and work one on one with your child specifically
within their school curriculum, focusing in on
the things they need the most help with."
Give child attention
Abbie Richie, The Buddy System: "One thing
I'd recommend is giving your child the attention
they need when they come home from school. A lot
of times this is the first time they're seeing
you. They miss you, they want to be around you
-- even if they may act otherwise. They really
do want to have your undivided attention. So one
way you can diffuse the initial homework trauma
or emotion is to sit down with them in their regular
homework environment and give them that attention."
Abbie Richie, The Buddy System: "I'd establish
a studying environment that was peaceful and quiet
and eliminated distractions. So if their child
is doing homework where the dog is coming in and
out, and the phone in ringing, and there's lot
of activity, it's going to be difficult for them
to focus and concentrate on their homework."
Abbie Richie, The Buddy System: "They should
know what the expectations are. When they get
home, for instance, they should know they're going
to have a snack, so that they're not going to
worry that they're going to be hungry. They should
know they're going to be sitting down for an hour
or two doing homework, and dinner time is at this
time. And that I think it helps take out a lot
of the insecurity or uncertainty of what a child
should be doing with that time."
Break it down
Abbie Richie, The Buddy System: "Breaking
it down into bite-size pieces, so you might work
on a certain portion of a project for 10-minutes,
and then take a five-minute break, and then get
right back. You might even set a kitchen timer
so that you know exactly how long you're going
to be working for, and that diffuses the idea
that we might be doing this forever."
For more information: www.buddysystem.com