Homework Happiness or Headaches?

The school year is well underway and students are busy with assignments at school and home.  This means spelling tests to study for, books to read, math to complete, and projects to work on. For some students, homework is relatively easy. For other students, and their parents, completing homework can be a struggle. This article contains information parents can use in order to help their child complete homework in a timely and battle-free manner. These tips are based on information from the No Child Left Behind website:http://www.nochildleftbehind.gov/parents/homework/home2.html.


General Homework Tips For Parents

Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework.

Use a desk or the kitchen table if they are areas without the distractions of a television or people coming and going.


Create a routine for doing homework.

Establish a set time each day for doing homework. Don’t let your child leave homework until just before bedtime. When your child gets home from school, provide a short break and then have them complete homework.


When your child asks for help, provide guidance, not answers.

Giving answers means your child will not learn the material. Too much help teaches your child that when the going gets rough, someone will do the work for him or her.

Help your child figure out hard homework versus easy homework.

Have your child do the hard work first. This will mean he will be most alert when facing the biggest challenges. Easy material will seem to go fast when fatigue begins to set in.

Let your child take a short break if he or she is having trouble keeping their mind on an assignment. If your child is slow at completing his or her homework, set a timer for a certain length, such as 15 minutes, then when the timer rings he can take a short break.

Be positive about homework. 

The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires.