Tips for HomeworkHomework can be less of a chore for parents if they establish and implement a few simple rules. Tips include:
¨ Have a regular homework time.
¨ Provide a quiet, well-lit area with no distractions.
¨ Determine if your child works better alone or with a parent nearby and provide that space.
¨ Be consistent about no TV, phone calls, or other distractions until homework is finished.
¨ Provide incentives for task completion if your child is a dawdler. (eg. “If you finish your homework by , you may watch an hour of television.”)
¨ If your child has a history of not completing class or homework assignments, work out a communication system with the teacher to ensure you are aware of what is expected each night.
¨ Provide breaks for long homework assignments.
¨ Break down assignments into manageable chunks as needed.
¨ Praise your student for gains, effort, and/or success in completing homework.
Children who are fairly self-disciplined may not need much parental monitoring, while others may need prodding and checking after completion. Remember to communicate with teachers … they are on your team!
Adapted from ‘Talking with Your Kids about School Problems’ by Lisa O. Engelhardt