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The duties obligations of parents or children?

Bent under the weight of their bulging purses, our schoolchildren come home each day loaded with a good dose of chores to do after the snack. Many parents then consider whether or not they should help their kids in these school obligations while watching worried how they sit for hours on the notebooks without profit or prefer to turn on the television.

Homework has always been the nightmare of schoolchildren, a kind of extension of the school to their home, an obligation. However, the attitude of the parents can be much more diverse: some parents help their children to the point of doing the tasks directly, while others worry much less and only ask very occasionally of Today Do not you bring homework? Thinking that this topic corresponds exclusively to the relationship between the school and his son.

Neither one nor the other. Homework is indeed a projection of the school program, but its objective is none other than the integral education of the child: to help him freely accept his responsibilities, to conceive of culture as an object that he can appropriate for his own benefit. Parents should, therefore, be active elements in this task, helping their child to fulfill their duties.

Study Environment

It makes sense for a child to see homework as a nuisance, but it can be helped to apply it to them and feel satisfied with the effort. How?

The first step will be to arrange a room so that you can concentrate properly. His own bedroom will serve as long as no sibling is playing at his side.

There should be no noise. It would be really cruel to force a child to study while listening to background music, television or a party.

Give her the snack before she feels like doing her homework. Empty stomachs are not good friends of notebooks.

Do not leave him alone. It is likely that you will soon need some indication or a few words of encouragement and you need someone available. It is not good to be bothered, but you will appreciate some timely and isolated visit from time to time to ask how it goes.

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How to help

It is as bad to disregard the duties of children as to burden them with constant questions and punishments. If the child does not give up and the hours go by without the sheet returning, chances are they lack a good stimulus or are disoriented about what to do, not that their IQ is less than their due.

Some parents are desperate in these situations, but there are more productive options. For starters, if a child does not give in his study hours, is it not because he does not read well ?, or because he does not understand ?, Do you really know what they asked him in the school to do?

To catch the bull by the horns, nothing quicker and more efficient than sitting ten minutes with the boy before he faces his tasks, and asks: What have you put as a task today? Do you know how to do it? If your doubts are satisfied, leave him alone and go diligently if he calls you. He’s doing his homework, so it’s not fair that you make him wait until you finish sewing a hem.

Pace of work

So that the kid does not stay thinking about the screws, it will be necessary to force a little their activity, so that it reaches an acceptable rhythm of work.

A formula to achieve this are the limits, to put small goals within the duties of each day, either in a concrete matter or in some somewhat more complicated lesson. Once the child is clear about what to do and how you will feel able to accept these challenges and enjoy overcoming them day by day.

Another fundamental help that will thank you very much in the future is that you help him to make lesson plans. This task will allow you to sort the knowledge in your memory and assimilate it with greater ease.

With interest

It is also important that you have a fixed schedule: snack, a bit of talk, study and dinner that will not allow you to lazy and leave things “for later”. The “after”, when there are duties, does not exist.

His schedule must be integrated into that of the family: while he works, his brothers also study, and Mom does her things.

But if it is positive that you are aware that there is a time for everything, you must also make it understood that the tasks should not be left in the middle. We have to finish them.

Once finished, you will pay attention to what you have studied, if you know it well, what you liked most, where you have encountered the greatest difficulties and recognize your effort and small successes. He will be flattered and encouraged by your interest in his things and will have more reason to finish well and at his time the tasks.

Motivate, do not bother

As for anything else that you want from your son, too IgA RLE is the but way to obtain it. The triumph will be to make him want the same as you.

If it is necessary, because the child refuses to abandon his laziness, his parents will have to keep a serious conversation with him and explain clearly that the person harmed by this attitude is himself and that he must spend the summer studying because he is self-deluded.

It is inevitable that the boy sees his duties of parents as a heaviness, but he can understand that, just as his father has to go to work every day, he must also fulfill his school responsibility by studying his lessons.

The examples

In the same way, parents have to take good care in setting an example to their children with their own work; the older brothers are also in the area of study important models that the little ones will want to emulate.

But they will not just set an example. The older siblings are much easier to understand with them because of the closeness in age, but also because their knowledge is fresher, and they can better understand the difficulties of each subject. Encouraging them to ask for and offer mutual help will have a positive impact on them and the whole family.

To think

Do not allow the child to see their duties as a heavy load without meaning. Make it see that it is your responsibility, and your effort will be fruitful. Put small goals to your child every day, to help him to strive to overcome himself and to encourage himself with his small victories.

Make sure that the atmosphere of the house does not disturb the study of your child. You have to respect your work. Make sure that the younger siblings work hard not to make trouble while the school does their homework. This will feel supported, and others will learn the habit of respecting the work of all.

Do not overwhelm the child with the constant question Have you done all the homework? And change it for another quite different “Do you teach me what you’ve done today”?

Comparisons are always odious. Avoid them among children, cousins or neighbors. The important thing is for the child to know what to do to achieve good grades. Talk to the teachers of your child to find out if they delay in any subject and emphasize it. If the child does not give up, find out if they lack motivation and if they really know what their tasks are.

And act

To encourage your child to study and feel more confident about himself, invite him to point out his doubts as he studies. Some of them can be solved at home, but the others can be asked to the teacher so that he feels that he collaborates in the classes. More on