Ideas to Get Your
Child to Form
Healthy Habits

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Ideas to get your child to do homework faster or better.

Did you know that it can take more than 66 days to form a habit? Create a plan that includes incentives and education to get your voice heard and make it last. Here are some ideas to get you started. Tailor a plan according to your particular parenting style and beliefs. Use whatever fits, ignore what doesn't and add your own. Need more info? Read our article "How to Get Your Children to Sleep, Eat Better, Do Homework Faster & More".

Ways you can incentivize productive decision making:
Consider allowing them earn a basic allowance per number of assignments or effort given. It helps prepare them for the future and adds purpose to the work.
Verbally praise or reward them when they do assignments quickly, neatly or with effort.
Verbally praise or reward them when they complete longer assignments without a single complaint.
Verbally praise or reward them when their assignments succeed by the teacher's standards. Try to focus messaging around effort and not outcome.
Create a fun post-homework prize or activity.
Remind them of the great work they did when they spend their earnings.
Let them use their earnings to buy special notebooks, pens, pencils and erasers.
Let them earn a trip to the toy store to spend their earnings when they hit a really difficult goal.
Add a highly wanted toy to a goal sheet. Let them check off a box every time they do an assignment quickly or well.
When giving out allowance during school breaks, call attention to the loss of income from lack of homework assignments.
Keep their area well-lit and distraction free. No television or electronic devices.
Avoid doing homework on the floor or bed as it can cause unnecessary fatigue.
Set a routine. Have them do their homework right after school so they aren't tired or rushed.
Remember to take breaks. If they're working for a long time, have them get up and move around for a little while.
Provide healthy snacks and water. It can enhance memory and revitalize the body.
Draw diagrams and sketches to help them understand what they are learning. They will love spending quality time with you.
Do your homework at the same time as them to show that you're being responsible and handling chores yourself.
Ways you can keep them accountable and on track:
When they decide to do homework slowly, they will have to stay at the table. No playing, no walking around. They will have to sit in their chair until they're done.
If they don't want to do their homework, tell them that fatigue or lack of interest is normal. Refocus the conversation around long-term benefits.
When they work slowly, remind them of the other fun things they could be doing if they were finished.
When they are dragging their feet, remind them of all that they have accomplished and how proud you are of them.
If they don't want to do homework, give them a choice of doing it now for free, or doing it later in exchange for something.
Allow them to deal with the consequences of not doing their homework. Don't give excuses to the teacher or request additional time.
Ways you can educate them for long-term intrinsic reasoning:
Teach them how to be organized. Get them into a routine of setting up their pencils, erasers, etc., in the same place every day so they don't have to waste time looking for them.
Teach the how to prioritize by marking tasks from easy to difficult. Have them finish difficult tasks first to get them out of the way.
Teach them how to condition yourself to go faster by using a timer. Emphasize prioritizing accuracy over speed. 
Teach them about how the mind can perceive pain differently depending on what it focuses on. The more they focus on how much they don't want to do something, the harder it will "feel".
Explain the benefits of education, how it increases their options, helps them better express their ideas and can help others trust and respect them.
Show them videos of people they admire. Explain the work and journeys they have taken to get where they are.
Show them inspirational videos that motivate and glorify hard work, grit and integrity.
Show them inspirational videos of artists who excel at signage, lettering and calligraphy to deepen an appreciation for effort and artistry.
Teach them how you have learned to do things faster and list the benefits you have experienced.
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When it happens...

verbally acknowledge, give expectations, educate, and write it down.

Look for Opportunities

Whenever the opportunity arises to educate around this topic, do so.

Repeat at Allowance

At allowance time, review, incentivize and repeat your messaging again.

Remember, habit change takes a long time so be patient!
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