Archive for April, 2011

The Homework Battle: How to Get Children to do Homework

The Homework Battle: How to Get Children to do Homework

I read the above article recently and thought it would be useful to share. If, like me, homework can be a weekly battle, you may find some solutions. My main issue is trying not to feel responsible for their homework or doing it for them. One particularly challenging saturday morning my 9 year old reminded me that it was his home work!

The challenge comes, I think ,when you know they can produce better. I have found on these occasions, a quick chat with the teacher helps. They can then address it from a different perspective. We are, after all, in a partnership with them in bringing our kids.

Anyway, click on the link above, and let me know how you get on. Here’s to harmonius homework!

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Don’t start what you do not want to continue

Babies are hot wired to learn from the moment they enter the world so make sure you are helping them learn positive things. If you don’t believe me think about how quickly a baby learns that throwing a dummy out of the cot brings a tired parent in to retrieve it! So I tell all new mummies to beware of starting something that helps short term but long term would be a nightmare.  Dummies, comforters, thumb sucking etc can fall into this category. They might be ok for a short period but need to be stopped before they become a problem.  So does driving around the block at midnight or turning on the tumble dryer to get your children to sleep. We have all done things in desperation to get a baby to sleep. ( I am not sure if my husband put Andrew into the car at 4am one morning to help him sleep or to save me from committing murder!) but try to take a step back and think of the consequences. The acronym H.A.L.T. is a useful tool. Beware of decisions you make when you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired as these tend to affect your judgement.


Don’t despair though! Any bad habit can be unlearned but it just takes a bit of commitment. Andrew eventually stopped sucking his fingers when he broke his arm at the age of 5 but that would be drastic action! Up until then we had found it really difficult to get him to stop. With Matthew we managed to prevent him sucking anything but he does like his cuddly toys in bed. However we have left them behind on occasion so he can sleep without them if needed.

We have all been victims of what the baby whisperer call “accidental parenting” and done things in desperation. The important thing is to return to the normal routine as soon as possible. Tomorrow is another day! That was my mantra when the boys were small! Just try  to remember who the parent is!


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