How do I help my child with their homework?
Whether it’s fair or not, the reality is that our children receive homework on a weekly, or even daily, basis.
As parents, it is our responsibility to help them face these chores with a positive outlook, and to provide them with the tools to succeed.
So, how do I help my child with their homework? Take note of the following suggestions to help make homework time more productive.
Create a set routine and make an appropriate work space
Children need routine. As such, there is nothing better than to establish a set time for homework activities, which can become a part of daily life. After arriving home from school and having a little time to have a snack, it’s best to encourage them to start their homework while they are still in ‘school mode’. It is important that you establish a dedicated work space, free from distractions i.e. televisions, toys and siblings. A place where they can be comfortable and can focus. For example, an area of your own room, a desk space, or an office area.
Help them, but don’t do it yourself
Being with your child and guiding them through their tasks is a great way to motivate and encourage them. However, it is important to remember that we are there to provide them with the tools of success, to help them learn, and to help them to be independent. If we do the homework on their behalf, they will not learn these crucial things and will not be able to face challenges in the future without someone’s help. This could mean falling behind in school, which could create a vicious cycle.
Take fatigue seriously
The lives of our children are harder than we often think, and rest is important to their mental and physical development. School, extracurricular activities, sports, playtime, homework… There are many things that your child may be doing, so it is understandable that they may get tired at times. If you notice that your child is abnormally tired or lacking concentration, or if their fatigue is becoming consistent, it may be time to analyze the situation. For example, more than two days a week of extracurricular activities could be excessive, in which cutting back to just one day could be beneficial.
Respect their teacher
It is useless to criticize the teacher in front of your child, or to complain openly about the workload put upon them. If your child feels overwhelmed, make an appointment with their teacher and discuss the issue to find a positive outcome.
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