The secret formula to make your child do homework [Part 2]

The secret formula to make your child do homework [Part 2]

Kids have a habit of following in the footsteps of their parents since that is where they learn the most from. So, if parents can set the right example for our kids to make learning a positive experience, they will grow up with the same values. Understanding the value of time, working hard and completing your chores – these are just a few ways that you can show your child the true meaning of hardwork and dedication to your work!

The same logic applies to homework as well. As a role model, if parents can show their kids that doing their homework is a good learning experience, then more kids will be enthusiastic in doing their homework and learning new concepts by themselves. Many parents use imaginary stories to make homework interesting at the beginning, so children can complete their homework happily. In our last blog, we covered the 2 R’s of the “2 rupees 3 paisa” concept. This time, we take you through the 3 P’s of the same concept.

1. Praise (P #1):

The secret formula to make your child do homework [Part 2]

Praise your child for doing his homework instead of rewarding him!

There are many parents who confuse praises with rewards. The key is to motivate your child with praises, instead of offering them rewards for every job well done. If you verbally praise your child for their hard work, they will remember it and feel good about it. Later when they grow up, they will strive to work hard in their life to feel the same way they did when they were children and did a good job.

However, when you offer them rewards, they stop doing homework for the joy of it, and instead do it for the reward itself. So when they grow up, they will carry on the same behavior into their lives, i.e., they will need incentives to perform every task well. Without the right incentive, they will just not be motivated to give their best shot to any challenge, putting them at a huge disadvantage.

2. Power of Choice (P #2):

The secret formula to make your child do homework [Part 2]

When your child does his homework on time, let him choose how to spend his time!

The second P in this concept is the power of choice, and with it, the power of consequence. If your child regularly does his homework and finishes it within the time lot provided for it, you can discuss with your child about how is it that they want to spend their time now that their ‘study time’ is completed. By giving children the power of choice, you are showing them that their choices are as important as yours, especially when they are being responsible and doing their homework. Next time your kid comes to you and tells you their homework is done, check it for mistakes, and later allow your child to choose how he wants to spend his free time, instead of forcing him to do something else, even if it is co-curricular activities.

Just like you give the power of choice to your children, make them aware of the power of consequence. Let them know that not doing their homework will have consequences, and explain it to them well. If in a week’s worth of homework, a few assignments are not done at all, or not submitted on time, tell your children that since they have not completed their homework as it was supposed to be done, they would now be facing the power of consequence. Their consequences could be anything from limited play time to zero TV time – anything that will help them realize that their actions (such as not doing their homework) have consequences (such as no TV for a week). This allows children to build a sense of responsibility in themselves, since they will have first-hand experience of the consequences of their actions.

3. Patience (P #3):

The secret formula to make your child do homework [Part 2]

Remember to be patient while your child does her homework!

This last P is equally important for parents, and children. Just like children need to learn the virtue of patience to deal with the challenges of life later on, parents need to remember and teach the virtue of patience while sitting with their children for homework. With so many tasks piling up in your house, it is easy to imagine how you might get a little anxious and impatient for your child to finish their homework so you can check it and start your other chores. But for your child, this is a very new concept that they are trying to learn and understand by themselves for the first time. It is obvious that they may need more time than what parents are willing to give.

By complaining out loud about the time your child is taking to finish their homework, you are letting them know that their hard work is not as valuable as finishing the work on time using any methods available. Always remember that your priority is your child and his learning, but not his homework. Therefore, everything you do should be to ensure that your child is having a good time while learning new and exciting things.

Ask your child what he did at school every day, and if he got any homework that needs to be solved. When he tells you about his homework, respond with enthusiasm and interest instead of anxiety and anger. Ask your child to do the difficult part of his homework first, so that he can do the easy part later when he gets tired. You can also give him unique tips to remember spellings and form new words. After all, only parents know what works best for them and their children!

The secret formula to make your child do homework [Part 1]

The secret formula to make your child do homework [Part 1]

As a parent, it can get frustrating sometimes when your child does not want to do his homework. The entire process of sitting with them and making sure they do it on time and by themselves is long and tiring. If only our kids also had Doraemon to help him with their homework! Our concern of getting our children to complete their studies on time would also vanish. Although reality is very different from any cartoon, it doesn’t mean the importance of doing your homework on time is any less.

We can understand that for children homework is a very big task which is uninteresting, specially when they have so many gadgets around them that provide different ways of entertainment. However, sticking to a regular homework regime is equally important since it cultivates many good qualities in your child, such as- encouraging self-responsibility, exercising the brain, improving concentration, cultivating discipline, time management, independent thinking, problem-solving, and many more qualities; and bringing a sense of accomplishment to your children.

Are you confused about how you can get your child to study and do their homework? Here’s our secret formula that will help you: it is called the “2 rupees, 3 paisa” concept. It was put forth by Vidya Ragu, a psychologist and learning & development specialist, who says that the “2 rupees, 3 paisa” concept is a fun acronym for the 2 R ’s and 3 P ’s that you should always remember while you are trying to get your child to study.

1. Responsibility (R #1):

Usually parents just want their child’s homework to be completed so that there are no troubles from school the next day. Most parents also consider it their responsibility to make sure that the homework is completed on time and done in the best possible manner. But that’s not true! Never forget that your child’s homework is his responsibility!

The secret formula to make your child do homework [Part 1]

Let your child complete her homework by herself!

As parents, we are responsible for enabling our children to do it by themselves, not just sit and do it for them! Prompt your child to tell you about his homework- what is required, how much time do they think it will take, and do they require any other help. Don’t nag and/or keep constant supervision on your child as they finish their homework. Instead, ask them to call you when they finish so you can check it and ask them to identify and correct their mistakes. By following this practice, your children will gradually take responsibility of their own homework!

2. Regularity / Routine (R #2):

Sometimes it happens that your child has no homework from school. What do you do on such days? Making a child sit only to do homework every day will set the wrong idea in his mind. Instead, allot a time slot in which your child will study- irrespective of whether he has homework that day or not. This will help your kids understand that they need to learn more every day and that their study time is not dependent only on homework.

The secret formula to make your child do homework [Part 1]

Choose the most effective time for your kid to finish their homework

Most kids have short attention spans, and get distracted easily. To tackle a problem like this, understand when your child can concentrate the best and for how long. Then make his study schedule accordingly. A tried and tested method is to keep slots of 45 minutes of studying, followed by break slots of 15 minutes. Before deciding on a time, discuss with your child and keep a time that allows him to study effectively and also doesn’t cut into his play time!

For some kids, finishing their homework before they head out to play is more beneficial, while for other kids, coming back after playing improves their concentration levels even more. Having a different timetable for weekdays and weekends is another alternative that you can follow for your kid. Choose whichever way works best for your child, but ensure it is followed consistently.

To know more about the three P’s of the “2 rupees, 3 paisa” concept, stay tuned for our next blog coming soon!

8 Things You Can Learn From Your Class Monitor

8 Things You Can Learn From Your Class Monitor

Being a class monitor is one of the proudest and the toughest tasks in student life. The responsibilities are endless. You are answerable for your own actions and the actions of others. It isn’t easy to check others unless you are always on the right yourself.

Minding a boisterous set of classmates, helping the class teacher collect or carry notebooks, and assisting the substitution teacher in your teacher’s absence are some errands that come along with the much coveted title.

While most of us secretly desire to be selected as a class monitor at least once during the academic session, but on the surface we often ridicule the authority of the person in charge. It may be time to look at your class monitor in favorable light. The individual has been selected for a specific reason. He or she definitely has proved their credibility and obtained the title.

Let’s unfold certain qualities of a class monitor that you can surely imbibe and step up your personality.

1. Personal Grooming

8 Things You Can Learn From Your Class Monitor

Learn to look your neatest at school from your class monitor!

The class monitor is always neatly turned out. He/ she sports a clean uniform, polished shoes, badge in place, hair well set, and trimmed nails.

Being well groomed is essential in life. No one likes to associate with shabby people. Adopting such habits of personal hygiene will help you cast a fine impression on beholders.

2. Sitting on the First Bench

A monitor always prefers to sit on the first bench. There is a specific reason why all academically conscious students avoid back seats.

The teacher is more audible in front and thereby the understanding of concepts is better. There is ample distraction and chatting towards the back of the class.

Sit in the front seat from tomorrow itself. You will see the difference in a day!

3. Knowing it all

8 Things You Can Learn From Your Class Monitor

Learn to study better from your class monitor!

The monitor is usually someone with high grades. He/she seems to have an answer for every question put forth by the teacher.

You also need to widen your intellectual horizons and increase your general awareness. Attaining good grades in the examination is important but knowing about the world around is equally crucial.

4. Compassion and Judgment

A monitor displays compassion and understanding towards everyone in all matters. He/she makes no one feel unheard. The monitor endeavors to display impartiality and give correct judgment on disputes and quarrels.

Adopting such personality traits of compassion and imbibing the quality of being unprejudiced in all matters can help you pave way for successful person and professional relationships.

5. Being a leader

It is not easy to be a leader. It’s quite an arduous task as it demands a lot from you. You have to maintain discipline yet keep the whole class unified.

Leadership qualities can be of great value for a student in the latter years of life. Observe and imbibe this trait so that when you grow you are equipped to lead.

6. Management Skills

Flawless management skills are a must for this designation. If you can’t manage the class well, you are not appropriate to wear the badge. The monitor shows capability of controlling the entire class.

This is a life skill everyone needs to imbibe and implement as management is vital at all levels. Failure in managing personal and professional matters translates to an unsuccessful future.

7. Co-Curricular Activities

8 Things You Can Learn From Your Class Monitor

Learn to excel in all aspects, including co-curricular!

All work and no play make you dull. We all know this phrase well but often forget to work on it. The class monitor usually excels in academics and extracurricular activities. You need to foster such qualities as well.

Impart every aspect of life- be it text books, music, art, or sports; its due importance!

8. Being a Teacher’s Pet

8 Things You Can Learn From Your Class Monitor

Class monitors are beloved by teachers thanks to their discipline!

Most children hate the class monitor. The person holding this title is often accused of sycophancy and rebuked for being a teacher’s pet. It may be time to alter this outlook.

A facilitator always appreciates a student who excels in academics, is well-behaved and well-disciplined, and is always willing to help and shoulder responsibility. The class monitor sets an example for others to follow.

Observing and absorbing these qualities can help you carve a niche for yourself in every sphere of life. Follow the example so that you may evolve as one yourself in the coming years.


The word ‘Class Monitor’ comes with a certain authority and good will. Endeavor to understand the underlying unique qualities of your class monitor and make them a part of your own personality. Who knows you may be selected next?

7 ways you can help your child in revising

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Every school year has its fill of exams. While scoring well on exams is a big deal, what is more important is how much your child has learnt in that particular topic/subject. Independent learning is the best form of learning for every child as it helps them achieve their future dreams by themselves without being dependent on anything/anyone else. Continue reading “7 ways you can help your child in revising”