Just saying the word homework can cause your child to go from being happy and cheerful to frustrated and upset in just a few seconds time. Kids spend a full day at school so the last thing they want to do when they get home in the afternoon, is more school work. As a parent, there are some things you can do to help your child reduce homework stress.
Check their homework assignment sheets– Don’t just ask your child if they have homework, because chances are they will tell you they don’t have any. Ask them to show you their assignment sheet, so you know exactly what they have to do that night for homework. This also ensures you know about large projects they may have, so they aren’t done at the last minute.
Choose the best homework time– Each child has their own individual preference when it comes to homework time. Some kids prefer to do it as soon as they get home from school, so it is done and out of the way, while others prefer to relax when they get home and choose to do their homework after dinner. Find the time that works best for your child.
Break large or long assignments into smaller ones- If you child stares at their homework sheet with an overwhelming look, chances are the assignment may be too long. Have them take a long or large assignment and break it down so they can focus on the assignment easier.
Plan for short breaks– Sitting at the kitchen table, or wherever your child does their homework, for an hour straight doing their homework, is probably going to frustrate them. Instead, have them work on their homework assignments for 30 minutes, then have them take a 10-minute break. Be sure you set a break timer, if needed, so they don’t procrastinate when it’s time to get back to work.