Many mums face the constant dilemma between letting their children make their own choices and telling them to do things. You want your kids to come home from school and do their homework on their own because they want to, but you also want them to have fun because they are children.

Unfortunately, allowing your children to choose their own path seldom gives you the results that you want for them. Children may not fully understand the importance of education. So, how do you help them focus on school and do homework without limiting their freedom to make their own choices?

Happy girl with crayons.1. Use different colours to make homework fun and interesting

Children learn through fun, project assignments, but when they join school, they need to develop certain skills that require somewhat more boring projects. For instance, 4-year olds are often given homework that involves practising to trace letters.

This can be very boring for young children, but you can help them stay focused by giving them different colour crayons for each letter. The variety can also make it easier for children to do assignments involving matching words to their definitions or word search. Instead of crayons, you can use coloured pencils for easy eras-ability and sharper lines.

2. Get involved

Children tend to be more confident with their work when they are getting support and positive attention. For instance, allowing your kids to do their homework in the kitchen, as you prepare meals, gives them the reassurance that you are ready to help them when need be, which makes them work harder and faster.

3. Give them options

If the children are not motivated to do their homework right away, give them room to clear their mind so they can achieve greater focus. For instance, if your child likes to draw, give him/her a simple project to clear the mind. You can also do other fun activities, like walking the dogs or making smoothies before they can get started with the school work.

4. Turn the work into a game or fun activity

Children love playing and having fun. Get creative and turn their homework into an enjoyable game, so they feel they are playing rather than working. Alternatively, you can turn assignments into family brainstorming sessions where you work through solutions together, making it easier and more fun to get solutions.

5. Make agreements

Some parents think that being strict, firm and rigid will help unfocused children get focused, but this often yields the opposite outcome. Instead of giving them your expectations and demands, give your children an opportunity to share what they want from you, so you can agree on an outcome that is favourable for the both of you. This will not only build trust and respect, but also yield results and fulfilment.

Some children view homework as a way to express their enjoyment and pride in their knowledge, but for those who see it as a chore that must be done, try using these hacks to make the work more interesting and your child more focused.