When parents take an active interest in their kids’ homework, they are more successful in school. You can be supportive by demonstrating organization skills or explaining a tricky problem. Sometimes, even encouraging them to take a break.
Here are some tips to help guide you and your kids:
- Know the teachers and what they’re looking for. Attend parent-teacher conferences and other school events. Get to know your kids’ teachers and ask about their homework policies.
- Help them plan. On nights when your kids have a heavy homework load, encourage them to break up the work into manageable chunks. If necessary, help them create a schedule for the night, and make sure that they take time for breaks every hour.
- Keep distractions to a minimum. No TV, loud music, or phone calls.
- Motivate them. Ask about their assignments and/or tests. Give encouragement and check their completed homework, but also make yourself available for questions. Praise their work and efforts by posting their aced test or project on the refrigerator.
- Set a good example. Kids are more likely to follow their parents’ examples than their advice. Read a book or balance your budget where your kids can see, so they can diligently do the same with their homework.
Finally, if there are continuing problems, talk about it with the teacher and your pediatrician. Some kids may need glasses, and others might need an evaluation for a learning problem or attention disorder.