The nagging, the battles, the lost papers—do you dread school work as much as the kids do? Here’s how to help them hit the books and develop good study habits.
Step 1: You have got to have a plan. What were your child’s stumbling blocks last year? Work on ways to make it fun. Let your child take as much ownership of the process as possible.
Step 2: Get in the groove by giving your child 30 minutes to rest before homework.
Step 3: Know when to get your child extra help. If your kid is truly stuck on a homework assignment, don’t make the common mistake of trying to re-teach. Instead, send a note to the teacher asking to please explain the material to your child again.
Step 4: Pick the right spot where they can work comfortably without distractions.
Step 5: Try not to be so too helpful! Let them “believe” they did it.
Step 6: Make them pay (punishment) when they fail to do their homework.
Step 7: Push back on busywork. Homework should be a time for parents to bond with their kids but when it begins to wear your kid out or takes longer time to do, then there’s a problem. Discuss this with their teacher(s).