5 Homework Tips for Parents

We know that being a parent isn’t easy. Let’s face it, there are only 24 hours in a day and sometimes those 24 hours just don’t seem to be enough to do all the things on your “To Do” list, plus help with the kids chemistry homework.

Being there for your kids at study and homework time though is critical to their success and it can give you the peace of mind you crave. Studies show that parental involvement can speed up a child’s learning and give parents a firsthand look at what their child is learning and how well they’re doing in school. It’s definitely one good way to avoid not-so-great surprises on parent-teacher night.

We’ve all heard that setting aside a quiet place for homework is essential, but realistically, these days, kids are doing their work while IM-ing, listening to iPods and watching TV. While you should always work to keep the distractions to a minimum, there are other things you can do as a parent to make the most of homework time.

Here are our Five Homework Tips For Parents To Yield Better Results:

  1. Be positive about homework
    Telling your child how much you hated homework at their age isn’t going to help. The attitude you present towards homework will be the attitude your child adopts. So stay positive and reinforce how important homework is to building a great future.
  2. Help your child with time management
    Establish a set time each day for doing homework and have your child do the most difficult work first. That way, they’ll be most alert for the bigger challenges, and the easier ones will seem like a breeze when fatigue starts creeping in later. Don’t let your child wait until it’s almost bedtime to get started because you’ll both be too tired to do your best.
  3. Provide guidance, not answers
    When your child asks for help, give them guidance, not answers. Taking the easy route of just giving the answers so you both can get on with other things is a huge mistake. Letting your child work through questions to understand concepts will give them the confidence to know that they can face challenges on their own if they need to. The benefits will go far beyond homework.
  4. Watch your child for signs of frustration
    Well, let’s face it: every homework assignment isn’t going to be a piece of cake. On top of that, every child has their own learning style, so you have to be alert to when your child starts showing signs of frustration. If you see your child is getting frustrated, give them some time out for a break. That break will help them to recharge and refocus on their assignment.
  5. Reward your child for a job well done
    Everybody likes a pat on the back (or something better) when they do a great job, and your child is no exception. If you see that your child has worked hard and done well with their schoolwork, help them celebrate that success. Don’t go overboard, but reward them with small “Congratulations” tokens like a trip out for pizza or a movie.

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Source (For 5 tips): U.S. Department of Education, Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs, Educational Partnerships and Family Involvement Unit, Homework Tips for Parents, Washington, D.C., 2003

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