- Publish Date
- Thursday, 11 February 2016, 2:18PM
- By John Cowan
My current motto is, “Do the Hard Thing”. I have written that phrase with a marker pen on my office wall. That way, I see it often and it is encouraging me to do a very hard thing I have been putting off for years, which is re-doing the wall paper in my office… so that I don’t have unsightly marker pen scribbles on it.
If they are going to achieve that, then we, as parents, have to do the hard thing too. That means we have to be tough and firm and insist that they do their homework, when most of us would far rather let our kids just relax and have fun. You have to convince them – and yourself – that it really is worth the hassle.
If anything is going to make it easier, it is having an absolutely regular homework time scheduled: every school night at seven o’clock (or whatever you agree upon), it’s homework time. That way you don’t have to argue and renegotiate every night, you just have to remind them what you have agreed to and stick to it.
It’s not the easiest task you’ll have as a parent, but when they come to pick you up in their Mercedes, you’ll know it was worth it.
For more, check out theparentinglace.com.
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