Homework can be a hot-button issue for both you and your child. Setting up a homework contract is a good way to defuse some of that tension and avoid homework battles. It’s also a way to make sure you and your child both know your responsibilities.
A homework contract is an agreement that outlines what you and your child will do to make sure homework gets done on time and well. It can help your child develop good study habits and become a more independent learner. Homework contracts can also outline rewards and consequences for kids when they follow or don’t follow their part of the contract.
You can tailor your contract to address your child’s specific homework challenges. For example, if your child struggles with time management, the contract can lay out what time of day the homework needs to be done. Or maybe your child leans on you too much for help. The contract can specify how often and/or how much you’ll help with homework.
Fill out the contract together to make sure your child understands what’s being agreed on. Be sure to revisit the contract as your child’s workload changes or if things aren’t working as you expected.
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Amanda Morin is the director of thought leadership at Understood and author of “The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.” She worked as a classroom teacher and early intervention specialist for more than a decade.
Bob Cunningham, EdM serves as executive director of learning development at Understood.