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Easing the homework battleground

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Homework doesn't have to be a battleground. Here are some tips that can 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 specific time each day to complete homework (maybe after your child has had some 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 if your child needs help, but not the answers.
  • Help your child prioritize - what's due tomorrow, what's due three days from now? What's quick and easy to complete? What will take a longer time?
  • Don’t feel the homework 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 corrections (grammar or spelling) so he or she doesn’t feel discouraged. 
  • Most experts say children should have about 10 minutes of homework per grade level. If you think your child is struggling to get the work done, talk to your child's teacher.

U.S. Department of Education (more homework tips here)

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