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Easing the homework war zone

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Homework doesn't have to be a battleground. Here are some tips to help make it a tad easier for your kids — and you!

  • Children should know that homework is the first priority. Other afterschool activities come second.
  • Set a time each day to complete homework, maybe after your child has had time to relax after school but before heading off to sports, watching TV or playing outside.
  • Provide a healthy afternoon snack before breaking open the books.
  • Set aside a quiet area and a clear table space so homework time is free of distractions.
  • Feel free to provide guidance but not the answers. Teachers won’t know if a student understands the assignment if you do the heavy lifting. And children won’t gain a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence if they think they can’t do the work themselves.
  • Help your child prioritize: What's due tomorrow? What's due in three days? What's quick and easy to complete? What will take longer?
  • Offer to check their homework, but don’t feel it has to be perfect before handing it in to the teacher. If your child has worked hard, say something positive about the completed work. Maybe point out only one or two errors to prevent discouragement.
  • Most experts say children should have about 10 minutes of homework per grade level. Talk to your child's teacher if you think your child is struggling to complete it. Sometimes students may have trouble seeing the board and need glasses. Other times, it may be a sign of a learning problem.
  • Praise their work and efforts. Post a great grade, particularly if your child has worked hard to achieve it, on the fridge.
  • Click here for more homework tips.
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