Getting my kids motivated to do their homework is no easy task. Taking a quick snack break is often just the thing we need to reset. Thank you to Goldfish for sponsoring today’s post. All opinions are my own.#GoldfishMoments
Like most parent, I hate homework. It’s a struggle every day of the week, and just like my eight-year-old son, I rejoice on Fridays when there’s no homework. Getting my kids motivated to do their homework is a task that you can dread, or try to enjoy. I know, you think I’m nuts right now, huh? Here are a few simple tips to help get your kids motivated and actually enjoy doing homework with them. Yes, I just said you can enjoy doing homework with your children!
Start with a chance for your kiddos to decompress for a few minutes before jumping into homework. They need a few minutes to chill out, just like we do at the end of our day. Snack time is perfect for chilling out, and catching up with your kids, and in our house, everyone loves Goldfish crackers. They’re made with 100% real cheese, no artificial flavors or preservatives (the color is sourced from plants!), and Pepperidge Farm is a brand I trust. This is a chance for us to talk about the fun parts of their day, something they’re struggling with, or the funny thing that happened in the lunch room. When the kids are more relaxed, you will be, too.
My kindergartener loves to color and draw. To practice her handwriting, she has her own special note book and I let her borrow my ‘fancy’ pens. It’s a small concession to make for a happy five-year-old. Of course, Goldfish crackers are perfect for counting practice, too!
For my son, homework has become a little harder this year. Who knew third grade would be so hard?! My son gets overwhelmed quickly, so the very first thing we do, is break down the homework into manageable chunks. And it’s important when you’re doing homework with your child that you guide them, but let them lead. By that, I mean, help your child get focused and stay on task, but don’t push them to do this or that. In our house, that ends with tears on both sides!
Now listen, I still dread homework every day. It takes a lot of work on your part to keep things moving along. Reward yourself with a handful of Goldfish crackers, too! You got this!