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10 Homework Tips To Help Your Child Stay Confident And Focused

Do you struggle to get your children to finish their homework? Even newbie grade-schoolers, who love doing it at first, often lose their enthusiasm and start stalling. After a long day, you just want your child to knuckle down so you can get dinner on the table or start the bedtime routine.

Here are 10 powerful and effective tips from Scholastic author, Stephanie Wood, that are guaranteed to bring harmony back into your homework routine, whether your child is a kindergartner or a fifth-grader, a whiner or a procrastinator!

1. For Every Child: Do It as Early as Possible

On days when there are no afternoon activities, give your child a time frame — say, between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. — to get down to business. The only rule is that 5 o’clock is the latest time to start. If you work, that means homework duties will fall to the after-school caregiver. At Invincible HQ, we have a homework table for kids to get some work done before they begin their lesson.

2. If Your Child Forgets: Create a Call List

From kindergarten on, kids need a list of three or four classmates they can call on when they forget an assignment, says Ann Dolin, M.Ed., a former teacher and author of Homework Made Simple.

3. If Your Child Is Intimidated: Build Confidence

When kids don’t get something right away, they may feel like they’re stupid and start to shut down. You can short-circuit negative thinking by sitting down and figuring out the first problem together. That alone can help him remember how to do the rest. Then use the praise: “You did a great job on that one! Try the next one now.”

4. If Your Child Tends To Daydream: Change the Scene

Something as simple as a special place to work can boost a child’s motivation and, in turn, their confidence.

5. If Your Child Procrastinates: Beat the Clock

Set a timer for five minutes, shout “Go!” and have your child work as fast as she can until the timer goes off. At that point, she can take a short break or keep going — and many kids continue. Racing against a timer gives kids an external sense of urgency if they don’t have an internal one. But it’s not an excuse for sloppy work, so tell them to go over it before they put it back in their folder.

6. If Your Child Is Lazy: Exercise

By doing physical activities and being surrounded by positive people who are always training and improving, they learn to set positive habits that reduced their laziness. We aim to surround kids at Invincible HQ with positive hard-working role models so that they can build these habits. You can also download a printable training routine for home from another post here!

7. If Your Child Whines: Leave the Room

Kids who drag things out are often doing so for your attention — they’re enjoying the interaction on some level. Avoid joining in. And if you must stay in the room, have your child work in a spot that’s farther away from whatever you’re doing.

8. If Your Child Is in K-2: Keep the Positive Feedback Coming

Little kids need instant feedback, so it’s okay for parents of young grade-schoolers to correct mistakes. Then emphasize what your kid’s done well. After he’s finished, take his paper and say “Hmm, I’m looking for something . . .” After scanning it for a minute, say “Aha! Look how well you wrote your letters in this part!” or “This sentence is even better than the one you came up with yesterday!” If you praise specific improvements, your little learner will become more inclined to try to do a good job the first time around.

9. If Your Child Is in Grades 3-5: Plan, Plan, Plan

Many teachers will break down big projects into a series of deadlines so that children learn to budget time. If your kid’s teacher doesn’t, show your child how to “scaffold” the assignment yourself. Together, divide the project into steps, then help them estimate how much time each will take. Get a weekly or monthly calendar and then write down which steps she’ll tackle when — and for how long. To get the most out of your calendar, include everything — from martial arts practice on Mondays to the reading log every night so you both can plan realistically.

10. Let ’Em Vent

When your routine is upended — and your kid hasn’t even started his homework — ease frustration by letting him complain. Listen, empathize, and state his feelings back to him (“You sound upset”). Once your child feels understood, theu’ll be more likely to accept your suggestions — and better able to focus on what needs to be done.
Let us know which tip is your favourite and feel free to share this article to help other parents struggling to get their kids to finish their homework!



From speaking to hundreds of parents, the biggest problem that most parents have at home, especially during the long school holidays, is keeping kids mentally and physically engaged when they’re out of routine.

When I was 8 years old, my father told me to take a simple A4 sheet of paper and list out all the things I wanted to do each day during my school holidays and then put check boxes beside each of them. The paper was stuck on my bedroom wall, so I would see it each morning. I also added stickers and drawings on the paper to keep me motivated. This was my daily routine. The routine consisted of my martial arts training program, a few chores and a creative craft project.

Looking back today, it was by ticking off the boxes on those sheets of paper that helped build my discipline, habits and focus to now be inducted into a martial arts hall of fame, write a best-selling book and start my own company that impacts over 90,000 people around the world.

Today, I am close friends with many world champion athletes, successful entrepreneurs and high-level performers, and they all attribute their success to a strong work ethic and discipline, built from a young age.

Kids thrive on routine. But the problem is our society has a culture of slowing down, winding down and allowing the kids to ease off once the school year ends. A child’s brain needs constant engagement, challenge and stimulation.

If kids fall out of routine:

  • They form the habits of laziness, procrastination and unproductivity
  • They have more difficulty getting motivated and focused, especially during back to school period
  • They fall to the trap of distractions like games, TV and their iPads.

If kids have a set routine to follow:

  • They build self-discipline, self-confidence, improve focus and strengthen their developing minds
  • They have the opportunity to work towards building something that they are proud of
  • Routines can help promote a feeling of safety in stressful situations or during difficult stages of development, such as puberty.




We understand how difficult it is to juggle the many things as a parent, so we’ve designed a printable template for you to begin implementing a daily routine for your children. Click on the links below to download.

STEP 1: Print out the Training Program Template and The Daily Routine Chart printable downloads

STEP 2: Grab some coloured textas or pencils (Colour increases engagement and retention)

STEP 3: Sit down with your children and have them identify 10 fundamental things that they practice in class. And 5 progressions they are currently working on. Here’s a sample Training Program for you:

  1. Push Ups x 10
  2. Sit Ups x 10
  3. Squats x 10
  4. Tuck Jumps x 10
  5. Front Kicks x 10
  6. Roundhouse Kicks x 10
  7. Jump Kicks x 10
  8. Straight Punches x 50
  9. Blocks x 10
  10. Stretching x 5 min

STEP 4: Next, have your children fill out the Daily Routine Chart. We’ve got 10 tasks that they can fill, and simply tick off each day. Here’s an example for you:

  1. Brush my teeth
  2. Make my bed
  3. Complete my training program
  4. Play outside
  5. Create an arts project
  6. Help mum/dad with a house chore
  7. Do some homework
  8. Write in a diary
  9. Put toys away
  10. Say “I love you” to my family and give them a hug

Done! Simply stick it on the wall where they can see it everyday!


Your child will lose motivation and focus by day 2 of following this. It’s not their fault. So to keep your children motivated throughout the whole school holidays, here are a few tips:

  • EMOTIONALLY SET IT UP PROPERLY: On the first day with alot of enthusiasm and fun. Give your children ownership of this by allowing them to choose the tasks, where to stick the paper, and also to design the paper.
  • ENTHUSIASM: Remind your children each morning with enthusiasm, as if reminding them to play. Do not use a “lecture” tone.
  • CREATE MOMENTUM: Be with them to tick off 2-3 tasks at the beginning of each day to create momentum.
  • REVIEW: Always review the checklist each night with your children.
  • PRAISE: Most importantly, remember to give plenty of praise and encouragement when they tick off a task

Thank you for being on this journey to empower your children to become extraordinary. Fee free to leave a comment or question in the comments section below.


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How To Tie A Martial Arts Belt With Meaning

A Martial Arts Belt is not just a showcase of your rank or a belt that sits around your waist. It is a symbol of discipline, hard work, dedication and honor.

The way you tie the Martial Arts Belt also has meaning and significance. It reminds of achieving balance in life (yin-yang), and to always be rising and growing.

Please help me teach our kids the value of honor and respect by teaching them to treat their belts with care. They should be worn proudly to class, and kept folded neatly when not in use. They should never be thrown around or left lying around.

We look forward to seeing your family at training! Thank you for helping me on my mission to build extraordinary kids around the world!

Awaken the Dream,

Alan La
Founder of Invincible Worldwide
International Sport Karate Association Hall-of-Fame Martial Artist
#1 Best-Selling Author on Peak Performance
Inspirational Speaker

2 Tools To Help Keep Your Kids Busy These School Holidays

One of the challenges that parents have during school holidays is finding things to keep the kids busy. 

It is good to give them a break from the normal routine of school, however, too much of a break stops their momentum of growth, learning and improvement.

Kids need to have a routine that challenges them and keeps them in focus. 

​​​​​​You don’t want to let them just play or the iPad or sit on the computer all day. Nor do you want them to go to a friend’s house all school holidays. Who knows what they could get up to.
So we’ve created for you 2 powerful resources to help you keep your kids BUSY, PRODUCTIVE and FOCUSED during these school holidays!

1. SUCCESS HABITS LIST: We’ve created for you an Invincible Kids Habits list which has been proven to be highly successful in building strong habits for life. Simply print this out and there are set tasks for them to complete each day. Your child will colour or tick each box every day for every habit that they complete. You can download the list here: Download Habits List (Simply right click and “Save As”)

2. TRAINING PROGRAM: Get the kids to write up their own training program based on the exercises and drills that they do at The Invincible Kids Classes. Ask them to demonstrate for you a few things that they’ve learnt over the weeks.

Here’s a sample one if they get stuck:

  1. 10 x Elbow-In Push Ups
  2. 15 x Squats
  3. 15 x Sit Ups
  4. 5 mins Power Stretching
  5. 10 x Front Kicks (each Leg)
  6. 10 x Roundhouse Kicks (each Leg)
  7. 10 x Jumping Kicks (each Leg)
  8. Practice their Forms 5 times

We look forward to seeing your family at training! Thank you for helping me on my mission to build extraordinary kids around the world!

Awaken the Dream,

Alan La
Founder of Invincible Worldwide

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