Noël Janis-Norton, author of the Calmer, Easier, Happier Homework book, says: “That makes it clear from the start how much time is available. Within a day or two, they will start completing it in the period allowed because it feels like a job they have to get done.”
Find the time of the day after school that works best for your child, either straight after school or after a short break. Agree a start time every day so that the rule turns into a routine and there is less room for resistance and negotiation.
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