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    Posted: Jan/25/2012 at 2:33pm
How to get your kids to do homework
 
Heidi Stevens
 
Homework is a nightly power struggle: When to start, how to stay focused, striving for some accuracy. Is there a trick to ease the battles?
 
Start by checking the clock. Even if work schedules and after-school endeavors make it impossible to establish a hard-and-fast starting time, you’re wise to tackle homework as early in the evening as possible.
 
Let the responsibility to complete it – and the consequences for failing to do so – lie with them. If your child gives up and refuses to finish an assignment, don’t take it as a personal affront.

Instead, try something like, “OK. Just explain to your teacher tomorrow that you decided not to finish the work.”

“Then you’re not making it about you,” Greenberg says. “You’re making it about natural consequences. It takes the emotion out of it and points out what’s going to happen in reality, not what it means to your relationship.”

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