There are a few things to try:
1. Make sure your child knows exactly how the homework routine works: when the homework is to start; where it must be done; what can or must be done before homework and after etc.
2. Give them a small break if the homework is taking a while – maybe a drink and something light to eat.
3. Ask if they need your help?
4. Explain your help means you will explain what you think is right and they must be respectful and listen.
5. Try and think of a fun way to explain the homework questions – even an interactive way – using real money, if it is money work for example, or coloured paper or fun pens.
6. If it is a reading book – why not sit somewhere nice outside or snuggle on the bed together.
7. Praise your child during the homework period – whether you are helping them or not.
8. A reward chart for doing homework properly is an excellent incentive and it makes everyone feel good.
We all remember homework and how painful it can be sometimes. If we can make it painless – as parents – we must try. Getting a tutor may be the next step if none of the above steps work for you or your child.