How to Make Your Kids’ Homework Time Easier

Dec 13, 2017 by

There are many rewarding aspects of parenting. You can teach your children about what is important in life and what matters the most to you. However, teaching moments are not all existential parent-child moments: sometimes you both just need to survive after school homework time. Fortunately, when you take the following advice to heart, you can help your children make the most out of their education.

Set a Time and Place

Unlike adults, children cannot easily multitask as it impairs their ability to focus. It is crucial that you help them find a place to work and study that is quiet and free of distractions. You can set up a desk in your child’s room, or make sure they have the dining room table to themselves after dinner. During this time, monitor screen time that your children may use to study to ensure they are only using the computer for homework.

Take Breaks

Do not walk away and exchange reading for screen time, but it is important that children are allowed to take breaks. Depending on which grade level your child is in, you may the homework time can be a 15-minute session per day. You may also need to factor in a few 20-25-minute stints for a longer, more difficult project. Especially during a long project or assignment, there may be times where your child feels as if he or she is learning nothing at all and simply needs a break.

Make Tasks Manageable

A sheet of algebra problems or a list of spelling words is a singular task. However, it is important to break up a large homework assignment as it makes homework time more manageable for children and teens. Especially if it is a larger project or a test to study for, this piecemeal strategy is great for building concentration skills when you take things one step at a time.

Work Together, Promote Self-Management

Even if you are not directly helping your child study, make sure he or she knows that you are there. If mathematics or English literature are not your area of expertise, you can still help your child develop inquisitive study habits by working with him or her to find the correct answer or solution.

While you should work with your children, encourage them to record and manage homework and study time. Setting weekly goals and giving your children the tools they need using the skills they have.

Stay Positive

A difficult homework session is not only frustrating for parents, but for children as well. After all, they are nursing the growing minds that are absorbing this information. Children do not aim to try your nerves while their attention spans are particularly short. Understand your child’s own strengths and weaknesses and keep positive throughout even when the assignment seems impossible.

It can be difficult to keep yourself from screaming, but remaining positive helps your child keep a positive attitude as well. It is important they have a good outlook toward homework and education.

A Lasting Impression

There is no avoiding homework time, so it is important that you make it a time of development and preservation. It may seem tedious, but the ability to focus on homework and fight through the urge to simply watch television instead is a great skill set that follows your children throughout their life.

Author’s bio:

Tom Miller writes about unconventional study methods for math, science, and engineering students at phyzzle.com.

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