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How long do you give your kids to get their homework done? What if they don't finish in the time given?

My 10 year old daughter will take at least 4 hrs to do just a little bit of homework...


Asked by SWEETPEAS3MOM at 7:24 PM on Sep. 9, 2010 in Tweens (9-12)

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  • They have until bedtime. They have to stop and eat dinner, though, but if it isn't done by bedtime then they spent too much time screwing around. Until it's done they do nothing but sit at the table (no TV, no games, no playing, etc).

    Answer by justanotherjen at 8:15 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • i don't give her a time limit. But, i check on her often & if she seems to be stalling, I'll encourage her along. I always let her do something fun after. Lately, she's been really into watching avatar, the last airbender series. So, i keep telling her "the sooner homework is done, the sooner you can watch avatar" This will help push her along too. I'm always close by where i can keep an eye on her in case she starts daydreaming. Sometimes, taking a shower after school..or doing something fun before homework helps too. She has a harder time if she does her homework RIGHT after school. She definitely needs to unwind a bit to get her head back on straight. Lots of patience & positive encouragement works wonders for my DD.


    Answer by samurai_chica at 7:34 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • I found that if they rush through their homework, there is a tendency to not to have read the passages that are supposed to be read before attempting to answer the questions that usually accompany an assignment. I would let them unwind from their school day, and then allow them to get to work on their homework. If they had trouble I would help out. I never put a time restraint on doing homework. I allowed them to take whatever time they needed to see a specific homework assignment through to the end.

    Answer by CafeMochaMom1 at 7:30 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • It used to take me forever and they later found out I was dyslexic maybe she is having a hard time doing it?

    Answer by pinkdragon36 at 7:36 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • I don't put a time limit on homework, my son gets as long as he needs to finish it.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 7:41 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • Shouldn't be more than 1.5 hrs for a 6th through 8th grader. Longer than that then there is either a learning disability (or just misunderstanding the assignments) or a behavior issue. (Or could be an over-zealous teacher!)

    Answer by plclemo at 7:45 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • I don't give a time limit, although my 16 year old tends to wait to write his papers until the day before they are due and starting them at 9;30 at night. Although sometimes he doesn't even get home until then, after football practice and rehearsal for the school play.
    My 12 year old never has homework, teacher doesn't assign home work - which is kind of nice I guess, but scary that he won't be prepared for later.

    Answer by blessedwboysx3 at 11:20 AM on Sep. 10, 2010

  • I don't set a time limit. They do what they need to do and then they do what they want to do.

    Answer by CometGirl at 2:20 PM on Sep. 10, 2010