Skip Nav
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Order McDonald's For Dinner
John Legend
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Have Ordered McDonald's Not Once but Twice on Christmas Eve
Gifts For Women
15 Creative Gifts For the Mom Who Always Has a Wine Glass in Her Hand
Ellen DeGeneres
Move Over, Oprah! Ellen DeGeneres Has Her Own List of 15 Favorite Things For Fall
A Stranger Offered to Watch My Kids on a Flight
Family Travel
To the Stranger Who Offered to Help me on a Flight: You Don't Know How Much It Mattered
Celebrity Families
You're Going to Want to Copy the Way This NBA Player Announced the Birth of His Twins

When Is the Best Time to Do Homework?

The Smartest Time For Homework

As many students start their second semester, it's important that they finish the school year on a high note. This may mean studying more and altering their homework routine. While some kids work best after school, others may have more focus after a playdate. Here, real moms share their opinion on the optimal homework time.

Right After School

Many moms find that the best time for kids to do homework is directly after school, before distractions set in. As Lori C. shares, "It's a lot easier than pulling them away from the TV or a video game once they've started playing." Janet T. also recommends this routine: "I have my kids do it directly after school. I feel that by doing this I am instilling the 'work first, play second' mentality. I also believe that I am teaching them to be responsible and not procrastinate."

After a Play Break

Other moms find that allowing kids a postschool break for a little play before settling them down to do homework works well, as it helps them burn off bottled-up energy. As Pam C. notes, the wane of daylight may be another reason to consider a play break before homework time. "Once it starts getting dark early, I do let her go out to play first, only because there is limited daylight playtime, and she's not allowed out after dark."

ADVERTISEMENT

Around Dinner Time

Many moms find that a before-dinner homework routine is best. "We tried waiting until after dinner, but then the homework seems to take twice as long, thus bedtime gets later and later," says Kim H.

But not everyone finds this to be an issue, and many have their kids buckle down for homework right after eating. "What works best for us is to do it later," Theresa P. says. "After getting off the bus, none are ready to sit down and concentrate. I let them have a snack, then go play to burn off their energy, have dinner, then it's homework time." Diane D. agrees. "It's just like when an adult gets home from work, they want to unwind a bit before going out to mow the lawn. Let 'em relax a bit too! School is work as well, they just do not get paid. Their brains needs to reboot, and a snack and play time will help. I say after dinner is the best bet."

Thinking of changing your child's routine? Test out each method for a few days, then switch to something new. Once your child finds a time that works best for them, make sure they stick to it!

What's your child's homework routine?

Image Source: Shutterstock
From Our Partners
A Stranger Offered to Watch My Kids on a Flight
How 1 Mom Uses Amazon Echo at Thanksgiving
How a New Mom Uses Amazon Echo
How This Mom With a Toddler Uses Amazon Echo
How a Mom With Four Kids Uses Amazon Echo
I Won't Let My Kids Watch Gremlins
What It's Like Having a Child With Type 1 Diabetes
Is It OK For Boys to Wear Shorts in the Winter?
What It's Like to Travel With Kids During the Holidays
How to Calm Anxious Child
How Much Does Adoption Cost?
Trendy Baby Gifts 2018
From Our Partners
Latest Family
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds