My son is 7 years old, in 2nd grade, and he has ADHD. When he comes home I feed him dinner and then homework. He fights with me and screams at me. He tells me he doesn't have to do it and that he isn't going to school anymore. He does go to school but that's a whole other huge fight. He doesn't start his ADHD medication until the end of March. He was just diagnosed by a therapist and psychiatrist. How can I get him to do his homework without the fight and without getting a massive headache? And without upsetting him too much.
Answer by kimberlyinberea at 7:05 PM on Mar. 2, 2010
Answer by shay1130 at 4:42 PM on Mar. 2, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 4:46 PM on Mar. 2, 2010
Answer by truealaskanmom at 5:05 PM on Mar. 2, 2010
Have you talked to the teacher? What I have my students' parent do in situations like this is set a timer for 20 minutes. The child has to sit quietly and either A) do homework or B) do nothing. At the end of the 20 minutes that's it. Then they have to bring to paper to me in the morning. If they've done 20 minutes worth of work (which is all my assignments should take) they're all set. If not they deal with consequences in class. As I teacher, I don't want parents and kid fighting over homework. If the parent will put in the effort to and have to child sit for 20 minutes most of the time the kid gets the idea that if they don't do the work they've wasted 20 minutes of playing or TV. Plus, they have to deal with me.
Of course not all teachers agree with my resoning, but maybe your son's teacher can help.
Answer by maxswolfsuit at 7:59 PM on Mar. 2, 2010