My grandchildren are readers. You will often find Charlie behind a book for hours. He just opens the book and climbs inside, oblivious to anything else happening around him. When reading is an assignment, sometimes it’s not as much fun.
Recently Jude had to read Oliver Twist, which is about 500 pages. He quickly realized he was not a big fan. I tried to encourage him to motivate himself. And even though he could have chosen to read another book, he didn’t want to lose the credit for getting through over a hundred pages.
Read Proverbs 22:6. Training a child to do things they don’t want to do, gets them ready to face responsibilities they will encounter in life. Homework time is not fun, but this is a good rule to learn.
It’s also valuable to get them in the habit of doing things they don’t want to do. One day it will be for intrinsic reasons, but for now, it’s okay to give extrinsic rewards, just something to look forward to. Like playing a game when they are done, or maybe something as small as a few gummy bears.
If your children have an expectation that homework will be done by the time the grandkids get picked up again, it’s important to follow through. This will teach your grandkids discipline and also save a lot of stress for your children later that night.
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