As a single mom you know you have a lot of hats to wear. Being the person in charge of making sure the school age kids do their homework is a responsibility you can’t take lightly.
Just as the homework assignments change from class to class, the way to motivate the kids to complete the homework differs according to the child. Some kids do their homework as soon as they get home from school while others put it off until just before bedtime, hoping either that the assignments will magically be done by the time they get to them, or, perhaps, just to give them a chance to stay up later.
There is no best homework schedule solution. All children are different, and all families are different. The single mom is often frustrated trying to find a good time to schedule the homework.
Successful moms find that they have to take their own schedule into consideration when trying to find the best consistent time for homework. It’s important that you’re available for support if needed so that your child doesn’t become overwhelmed. This doesn’t mean that you have to sit next to the child and hold his hand while he’s doing his homework; just that you’re available to make sure that the child isn’t distracted.
Moms with busy schedules can often become frustrated just by the thought that they have to carve out time from their day for homework that seems to have no great benefit. Many teachers assign homework as busy work, and it may seem like a senseless waste of time. Accept this for what it is, realizing that the school has a reason for this practice, even if it’s only to groom the student for the future. Don’t let the child pick up on your frustration or get the feeling that he’s wasting his time. Reinforce the idea of the importance of the homework.
Kids often need a bit of relaxation time once they get home from school, and mom usually needs a moment or two when she gets home from work. Keep experimenting with the schedule until you find a time that works the best for the whole family.
Once you’ve found a time frame that’s favorable to homework, be consistent. Make the time spent with your child a valuable and positive experience.