If you ask my 13-year-old son he’ll tell you that homework is the root of all evil. Unfortunately he is yet to see the benefits of the extra study, development of time management skills or the delights to be gained in his academic progress.
With the practice of “homework” seen as such as drudgery, this blog plans to set up a homework space to inspire. I don’t offer tips on how to actually get your child to do what they should be during homework time, only an inviting space that they have created and have ownership of.
Dedicated space or “mobile” desk?
Get the kids involved
Get your child involved in setting up the work-space. Allow them to choose their own pens and items it go in their stationery caddy and if they are permitted to play music, allow them to play their own (within reason).
Although not related to space, consider your parental involvement in the homework. Does this space need to be close to living areas to allow parent input or does your child work better away from the bustle of after school life at home?
Lastly, create a regular time to sit down and do homework. Try implementing homework to be at the same time of at each day around other extracurricular activities
As mentioned in the introduction, I’m not an expert on getting the kids to actually do their home work (see tips from the experts in the below link from the raising children network). But perhaps with some input to the space around them and how they organise themselves, they just might slowly get on board the homework train.
If you need to set up a dedicated homework space I’d be happy to give some advice on products available that will suit your needs. Reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is Julie Cliff, Professional Organiser at Space and Time?
The working mother juggle isn’t easy and can make life feel overly busy, stressful and overwhelming. Space and Time is a professional organising consultancy which helps busy working mothers live easier, far less stressful lives through simple, easy to implement organising systems to clear the clutter- both mentally and physically.