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How to Implement a Homework Plan Hannah Bauss Psy 413 Parent Child Relationships Parenting Approach/Theory Paper
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Outline Types of homework problems: o Child refuses to sit down and do homework. o Child has trouble staying on task. Takes several hours to complete one assignment. o Child constantly asks for help. Shows little independence in doing his/her work. o Child constantly forgets books, notebooks, other materials needed to complete homework. o Child lies and says s/he has no homework when there was homework assigned. o Is often a combination of several of these problems. What can parents do? o Step 1: Choose a homework setting o Step 2: Establish a homework time o Step 3: Begin a homework checklist/journal o Step 4: Establish homework rules o Step 5: When actually doing homework o Step 6: Earning a privilege after completing work o Step 7: Providing assistance to your child
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My technique was taken from the book Parenting Your Out-of-Control Child by George M. Kapalka, New Harbinger Publications, Inc., which I found at a local Barnes & Noble® bookstore. This book describes a multi-step plan and approach to how to work with your child when enforcing discipline in a way that is more efficient and effective for parents and children. One chapter that I decided to focus on was about dealing with homework related problems and coming up with a structured solution to it. Firstly, Kapalka (2007) discussed the varied types of homework-related problems that parents face with their children. Some children have difficulty staying focused and on task to complete homework and thus, spend several hours working on one assignment. Others constantly ask parents for help because they do not want to be independent and do it on their own. Some consistently forget their books, notebooks, and other necessary homework supplies while others lie and say that no homework was assigned. And other children flat out refuse to sit down and complete homework assignments. In fact, many children who struggle with completing homework have a combination of these issues (Kapalka (2007) p. 101-102). To begin to correct these issues surrounding homework completion, parents must firstly set up an environment at home that will be the homework setting. This area must be free of distractions, like the TV, but also close enough to wherever you are so that you can monitor your child’s progress and focus. The location must also be quiet, but not isolated (Kapalka (2007) p. 102). Several common places used by parents for homework time are the kitchen table, dining room table, or desk in the child’s bedroom (Kapalka (2007) p. 102). There are some children who do not work well in environments with no stimulation and need a small amount of activity around them to focus. For children like this, it is good to experiment with what type and level of stimuli works best so that it contributes to the child’s productiveness and focus without causing a
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distraction (Kapalka (2007) p. 102).
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