Every parent faces the daily struggle of getting their children to complete their homework. No matter what one says, homework is the last thing on any child’s mind! We hope to help you solve the above problem with five simple tactics which can be used at home to make homework time far more productive for both you and your child. 1. Adopt the Right Coaching Strategy The first step is to identify the problem – Is your child not completing their homework because they are not sufficiently motivated or are they struggling with the nature of the work involved. Once you diagnose the problem, you will be to tailor an appropriate response rather than simply nagging your child to complete their homework. For example, if your child is demotivated, you need to find ways to make the subject matter interesting for him or her. One can use supplementary educational products like Skillmatics which make mundane topics like times tables far more interesting and fun! If your child doesn’t understand a concept, you need to provide hands-on assistance. Explain the concept, provide guidance, and gradually let him or her try and solve the problem independently! 2. Let Your Child Take the Lead Give your child the freedom to decide when he or she wants to do their homework. All you need to is to ensure that it is an appropriate time of the day where they still have sufficient energy to complete the task and that the amount of time dedicated is adequate. By doing the above, your child will have a sense of responsibility towards the activity and will be more likely to complete it. 3. Use Daily Rewards Reward your child daily for completing their homework. Positive reinforcement can be a powerful motivator for young children. For example, you can let your child play with his friends for a longer time or give him his favourite chocolate or even simply praise him in front of others for always completing his homework! 4. Create a Stimulating Study Environment It is important your child does their homework in a stimulating environment which is free from distractions. For example – The room should be full of light with bright coloured walls, toys should not be in sight – instead supplementary educational products should be around to provide the fun element and appropriate furniture should be present to support your child. All these factors play a key role in motivating a child to do complete their homework. 5. Don’t Give Up when Bad Habits Return After having used all the above tactics, you would have made considerable progress with your children but sometimes the novelty wears off and they goback to their old ways. Don’t lose your patience when this happens, refocus on the big picture and calmly remind your children that they need to finish their work. Help them get started by dividing the work into smaller, more manageable parts and don’t forget to praise them when it’s completed!