Family, Parenting

Lessen the Stress of Homework


It’s time for your child to do their homework. He or she is turning pale and your head begins to spin and you break out into hives. If you can relate to this, you need a homework game plan.

Use these 9 tips to lessen the stress of homework for your child and you.1. Partner with the teacher.

Email your children’s teachers to introduce yourself. Clarify any questions you may have about homework policies, expectations, and due dates. Ask them for possible homework help sites or apps.

2. Read the directions.

This may seem simple, but it’s often overlooked. Reading the directions is the first step toward success. It will prevent unnecessary work or missing important steps.

3. Keep a positive attitude.

Don’t share your fears of a particular subject with your child. Don’t create fear based on what you may have experienced as a child. If math causes you to have flashbacks because you did lousy as a kid, don’t let your child know.  Shhh….keep it a secret.

4. Choose the best time.

If your child is dragging immediately after school, it’s not the best time to tackle homework. Allow him or her time to relax and refuel with a break and a snack. But, if you know your child will get sucked into television or video games later, catch them while their attention is still available.

5. Be consistent.

Choose a set time for homework and stick to it. Keep that time consistent throughout the week. Children thrive when they work within a routine at school and at home.

6. Limit outside distractions.

Complete homework in a quiet and organized area. Soft music may help some children but save the television and video games for later.

7. Monitor your child’s attitude.

If your child is getting frustrated, they are no longer learning. Let them take a break and come back to the homework with fresh eyes.

8. Watch and encourage.

Stay nearby.  Don’t abandon your child to tackle homework alone. Keep yourself available to answer questions, help brainstorm, and offer encouragement as needed.

9. Make your child do the work.

If you complete your child’s homework you are not helping them. What message are you sending? I’ll bail you out whenever you face a challenge.

10. Breath!

Stressed parents raise stressed children. Stop. Breathe. Smile. Laugh. Be present and find joy in the moment.

Homework can be intimidating for many children, but it doesn’t have to be a source of stress for the family. I hope these 9 tips help lessen the stress in your home.

What is homework time like in your home? What do you do to lessen the stress of doing homework? 

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