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The Horror of Homework!
Little Changes Can Make a Big Difference

helping kids do homeworkIt's that time of year again and some children are chomping at the bit to get back to school. Some, on the other hand, are a little less excited. As so many parents can remember, school is a place where learning is not always a top priority for the students and homework is often a dirty word. This year can be different simply by making some small adjustments.

Gearing up for homework

Usually children are ready for a break when they get out of school. So much information is crammed into one day which makes homework as appealing as cleaning the kitty litter. The only thing most kids want as soon as they get home is a snack. Help your child refuel his brain and his body by preparing healthy snacks ahead of time. This way when hunger strikes and being patient is not possible, there will be a fast, easy, and most important, healthy choice to devour.

Next on the agenda is burning some pent up energy. It is absolutely draining using your brain as much as children do in school. On top of learning, sitting still for most of the day can be difficult for some children. Allow some outdoor fun for a half an hour after snack to let some steam off. Children will be able to concentrate on their homework and will be less likely to rush through the assignments if they are allowed to see some friends and have some down time first.

Creating a homework routine

ready for homeworkBe firm and consistent when it is time to begin homework. It might take a couple of days to fall into a routine. Part of that routine is creating a designated area for homework. Usually the best place is somewhere removed from the noise of the house. If non-school age siblings are playing and having fun while another child is trying to complete an assignment, it makes concentrating difficult.

Keep a close eye on the time and check on your child periodically. Children need to know that you trust their capabilities to do their work. Standing over their shoulders only invites insecurities to develop. Backing away and then checking later instills independence in children. It is important for children to believe they can do things on their own and still know that someone will be there to answer any questions that come up.

Ask your child’s teacher for suggestions. After spending the majority of the day with your child, she might be able to offer some valuable insight. Parents, children, and teachers all working together can change the horror of homework into somewhat of a pleasant experience.

More about helping your child with homework around the Web:

Helping Your Students with Homework

Helping with Homework - PBS

About the Author
Katrina Cramer-Diaz is a working mom with a background in education and plenty of experience in parenting. She lives in Virginia with her four children.


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