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8 Ways to Help Your Kids Tackle Homework

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Linsay ThomasGuest Blogger
August 30, 2016 · 1.1k Views

School is back in session for many kids across the country. With school comes one of the most dreaded words a student can hear: homework. There’s so little time to do everything once a child gets home from school. He or she may have pets to take care of, sports, extracurricular activities and other events.

However, homework is a great way for a child to learn responsibility. When your child does homework, he or she is learning skills such as time management, reading and following directions. He or she may also be learning to solve problems, which will no doubt serve your child in the adult years.

Still, homework can be frustrating for both children and parents alike. You’ve no doubt have had to deal with a child who refuses to do homework and has meltdowns just thinking about it. Fortunately, there are some tried and true ways to get your child to do homework – no drama involved!

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  1. Schedule homework for a time that works well for your child.

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    Some children have after school activities and feel more relaxed doing homework once they’ve had a chance to wind down. Others like to start homework right when they get home so they can get it out of the way. Your child might prefer to do his homework after dinner or first thing in the morning, if he’s an early riser. Homework takes a lot of focus, so music or a snack might help your child relax and be better prepared to take on homework without a battle.
     
  2. Help your child manage huge assignments.

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    If your child has a huge project to do, or there’s just a lot of smaller homework assignments, help your child formulate a plan. Having to get everything done at once can be overwhelming, so help her make things more manageable by creating a plan. Have her write down everything that needs to be done. You might have her work on the smaller assignments first to get them out of the way. If you expect several hours of homework, have your child take a short break every half hour to recharge.
     
  3. Eliminate distractions.

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    Children need to focus on their assignment at hand, and that can be difficult if he’s watching a TV show or texting a friend. Turn off the TV and put the phone away. Music might be helpful if it’s not too loud. Allow your child to call a classmate for help if needed.
     
  4. Set up a homework area.

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    A well-lit corner away from noises and distractions is the perfect place for your child to do homework. Set up a desk with pencils, sharpeners, paper, erasers, crayons, glue and other supplies your child will need.
     
  5. Don’t do their homework.

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    You can offer guidance and clarify instructions if your child doesn’t seem to understand, but don’t give him the answers. He won’t learn anything if you’re doing all the work. He will make mistakes, but that’s how he’ll learn.
     
  6. Give feedback.

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    If your child is studying well by herself and quickly completing assignments, praise her for a job well done. If your child isn’t trying hard and is quickly going through homework without checking her work, don’t criticize but let him know that he needs to read the instructions again and that he won’t be able to leave the homework area until the work is done correctly.
     
  7. Review homework.

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    Before your child puts her homework in her folder, take a look at make sure it’s done correctly. Did your child use complete sentences? Are the math problems solved correctly? Is the handwriting neat? Did your child write his name at the top of the paper? Make sure you do your part as a parent and monitor your child’s homework. Teachers really appreciate it when parents are involved with their child’s homework. It makes a teacher’s job easier when parents work with their children and help reinforce what they learned at school.
     
  8. Contact your child’s teacher if there are issues.

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    If your child is constantly struggling with homework, he might have issues learning while in school. He might need glasses or have attention deficit disorder. He might just be bored and not stimulated enough in class. If homework is becoming a daily battle, don’t hesitate to talk to your child’s teacher. He or she can offer some insight about how well your child is performing in class and bring up any potential issues. Your child’s teacher may also be able to offer ways to make homework easier.

 

Homework doesn’t have to be drudgery every night of the week. The eight tips above can your child get off on the right foot this school year, even if he or she struggled last year. By being proactive and monitoring your child’s progress, you can help your child start on the path to academic success. If your child is already doing well in school, you can help him or her stay motivated and maintain those good grades and excellent study habits.


 

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