Here’s some unique advice from an associate professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis Universityâ€”the homework shirt, Before-School Assignment: Find a Homework Shirt.
â€œWhat a child is wearing can really help him get in the mood to buckle down and study,â€? says Dr. Haller, who also is a pediatrician at SSM Cardinal Glennon Childrenâ€™s Hospital. â€œThere are a lot of examples in life when you dress a certain way to tackle a given task. You frequently dress formally to go to a wedding. Athletes wear uniforms to play their sport. As so many kids are on the run, putting on a special shirt to do homework is a concrete reminder that itâ€™s time to hit the books, even if theyâ€™re sitting at their sisterâ€™s soccer game.â€?
Haller suggests selecting one homework shirt to wear during study sessions for the entire school year or until the child outgrows it, and washing it on the weekend. â€œIt can be something you and your child shop for or find in her closet. Find something she likes, but wonâ€™t want to wear so much that she wonâ€™t take it off when she finishes her homework. Itâ€™s in between school clothes and play clothes and lets the child know sheâ€™s come home from school but also getting ready to do a specific task â€“ her homework.â€?