8 Tips to Motivate Kids to Love Doing Homework

Here are some ways to get them to do their homework.

Updated on August 14, 2017 10:08 am

Luisa Wong

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Encouraging your kids to finish their homework should be a rewarding experience for both of you. Here are some tricks to help you get started. Who knows? Your kid may just start to love opening their books even after school.

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1. Be a facilitator, not a tormentor.

Be their number one motivator. Don’t scare them by threatening them if they don’t do their homework. Instead, encourage and empower them. Let them be in charge of their tasks by asking for their preference in terms of study time.

Some kids love to do their homework more in the afternoon and have breaks in between. Also if possible, help them choose their own study corner. Allowing them to decide makes the process more fun and meaningful for them.

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2. Establish a study routine.

Make studying a habit they would enjoy doing by sticking to the study time your child has chosen. Routine gives kids a sense of security and discipline and a set time for doing homework prepares him better than letting him do it whenever he wants.

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3. Provide a conducive and comfortable spot for doing their homework.

Children have different learning styles. Some kids may work best with a desk, others may be more comfortable lying on their belly. The key is to provide them with a quiet, well-lit, and well-ventilated workplace, away from distractions like electronic gadgets and television. (Here are 8 design ideas for your kid's study area.)

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4. Make sure they have everything they need.

Kids love to work when they know they have everything they need—from pen and paper to calculator and books. If they have an upcoming project, prepare things in advance so that they look forward to doing it. Before they start, ask them if there’s anything else they need.

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5. Turn it into a game.

Some kids look at homework as boring, a task that needs to get done because they need to and not because they want to. Show them a different side of it by turning it into a fun experience. If possible, turn their homework into a game. For example, if it is about vocabulary and spelling, use picture cards. If it is about counting, use coins or balls.

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6. Give them breathing space.

Let them take breaks whenever needed to avoid burning them out. Allot a certain day when they won’t have to do any homework. It could be the weekend or any day of their choice. Also, give them time to play outside or walk and bike around. They are kids, after all.

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7. Reward them.

This tip is not always advisable but can be extremely useful in certain situations such as when your kid is faced with a really challenging Math task or when a big exam is just around the corner. The key is to use this technique sparingly.

According to Edward Deci, Ph.D., professor of Psychology at the University of Rochester, it is true that rewards will motivate people to do activities. "But what happens is the behavior becomes dependent on the rewards and will stop when the rewards stop,” he says. Just keep your rewards simple.

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8. Do your homework with them.

Be a great example to your child. If you have some reading to do, do it beside him or her. Your homework may also involve creating the family meal plan for the week. As long as your child is seeing you are doing your own homework, chances are, he or she will follow your lead.


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