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November 4, 2020
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Homework Wars -- 5 Battlefield Strategies For Parents

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Has your dining room table become a battle ground every evening when it's time to do homework? If so, don't despair. Take heart in know that dining room tables everywhere are littered with the remains of this morning's math assignment, and the tears of frustrated kids (and parents). If you and your child are engaged in hand-to-hand homework combat, try to keep the following ground rules in mind.

1. Choose the proper battlefield. If your child is still in grades 1-6, the kitchen table is probably the ideal place to work. This allows you to offer direct help and answer frequent questions. Children in middle or high school may prefer to work in the sanctuary of their bedrooms, but make sure you check up them periodically and review the work when it is done.

2. Disarm your opponent. Have your child turn off their cell phone and unplug their headphones before starting homework. Neither you, nor your child, can focus when interrupted by text messages and twitters.

3. Build your arsenal. The internet has provided so many tools for homework assistance, it only makes sense to use them. Use the school website to stay up to date on your child's grades and homework assignments. Ask each teacher at the beginning of the year if the textbook is available online -- and then remind your child to use it during homework sessions. Help your child find and bookmark resource websites that they can use for research papers.

4. Accept no surrender. Some children learn that if they give up, mom or dad will step in to finish the assignment. This does not benefit your child in the long run. While parents can offer support and guidance, the child needs to learn to work through the tough stuff. If they get frustrated, have them take a break, and then encourage them to press on.

5. Recruit additional troops. Your child's teachers are probably available for extra help before or after school. Encourage your child to use all of the resources available, including study periods during school when teachers can offer individual assistance.

By remaining consistent in your expectations and support, your child will eventually learn that homework is not an option. Stand firm and let them know that you expect them to rise to the occasion. As they mature, your child will start to assume the responsibility for homework on his or own own. Until then, it helps to remember the immortal words of parents everywhere -- this too shall pass!

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