We all are pained when we see our kids struggling under mountains of homework. However, there are “right ways” and “wrong ways” to help your kid with his or her homework. Here are six of the “right ways,” recommended by the experts!
- “My son does everything he can without me, and he puts a sticky note on the things he needs help with so we can review together later. It works great and instills organizational techniques as well.”
Provided by Julie Cantor, M.D., a faculty member at UCLA School of Law and founder/CEO of Harlen, a woman’s handbag line
- “Have a dedicated homework area that is NOT centrally located. The kitchen table might be too distracting with the dog, siblings and art supplies close by. We keep a small table in a quiet corner with paper, pencils, and erasers on it. When my daughter sits there, she knows it’s time to get down to business!”
Beth Cubbage, software consulting manager and owner of the blog Parent Lightly
- “If your kids have a favorite subject, do it last so they are motivated to complete work on less-enjoyable material.”
Provided by Elizabeth Malson, president, and VP of marketing at Amslee Institute, an online technical school for caregivers
- “We all grab a snack and spread out at the kitchen table. I send business emails, and the kids ask me for help when needed. It sends the message: We’re in it together, and I’d rather not be doing my homework either, but it’s the responsible thing to do.”
Provided by Kelley Kitley, psychotherapist
- “We minimize distractions—her siblings—by having my husband play with them while I work one on one with my daughter. If she starts to get overly frustrated or tired, my husband and I quickly swap to reset the energy in the room.”
Provided by Lauren Golden, author of The Free Mama: How to Work from Home, Control Your Schedule, and Make More Money
- “Write a homework contract. The contract should say exactly what the child agrees to do and exactly what the parents’ roles and responsibilities will be. When the contract is in place, it should reduce some of the tension parents and kids often experience around homework.”
Provided by Peg Dawson, EdD, NCSP, The Child Mind Institute
What do you think of these helpful homework tips, do you have some of your own you would like to add? Feel free to use the comments below!