Getting Into A Homework Routine

October 3rd, 2013 posted by Rebecca Brea

Now that the school year is in full swing, some kids (and parents) may be deep in the throes of ‘homework hassles’. Projects, studying for tests and nightly assignments can turn frustrating for both kids and parents unless there’s a game plan in place to deal with the mounting workload.  This is a good time to put an action plan in place to combat the stress and anxiety that may surround homework time. Communication and some clearly outlined steps can help ease the anxiety and make your student feel more confident and productive.

Doing Homework

Expectations:  Find out homework expectations and guidelines from the school, and discuss them and your own expectations with your child, such as how long to spend on homework each evening and/or any goals for the upcoming semester.  Make sure the two of you are on the same page regarding these expectations.

Set up a calendar:   For some kids a visual aid like this can help with long-term planning and setting priorities.  Make note of assignment and project due dates as well as test dates.  Now might also be a good time to advise your child to get the phone numbers of his ‘homework buddies’ – two other students in his classes whom he can call in case of missed assignments or notes – and write these numbers on the calendar.

Concentration takes energy:  No one works well on an empty stomach.  Offer a healthy snack before they sit down to begin homework.

Set up a time and space for homework to happen:  For some kids, that means starting homework right after school; others may need a little time to unwind.  Agree on a start time and stick to it.  Set up a space that’s conducive for work, be it the desk in his room or the kitchen or dining room table.  This space should be away from distractions like the television or computer (unless it’s necessary to complete homework).  Stock the space with the necessary supplies (paper, pencils, pens, rulers, etc.) to complete homework with minimal interruptions.

Be the fly on the wall:  You don’t want to do their homework for them, but let them know you’re there if they need help (or a little encouragement!).

Pack up:  At the end of the homework session have your child neatly put away all papers, binders/folders and supplies into their backpack.  It’s better to do this the night before than the following morning when it’s more likely that something might be forgotten.

Keeping kids organized can be challenging. Here are 12 Tips to Get You Organized for Back to School. Taking notes is an important part of homework and studying for tests. Check out these ideas for Improving Your Child’s Note Taking Skills. Do you have a busy schedule yourself? Working parents often feel like they don’t have the “luxuries” that stay at home parents do. However, Working Parents Can Overcome Homework Hassles too! Another important thing to remember is your child’s after school activities. Did they commit to too much? Find some great tips for avoiding (or correcting) Extra Curricular Overload. For even more homework help, read these great Tips to Help Your Child Write a Successful Book Report.

Rebecca Brea
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Rebecca began reading blogs to connect, learn from and share information with other moms about the parenting experience. This was a natural extension of her participation on community message boards during her struggle with infertility in the late 90s. Rebecca says “As I laughed, was moved by, and recognized myself in so many great blogs, I realized I had been ‘blogging’ in one form or another for most of my life – in diaries, notes on calendars and scrapbooks – so I decided to start one of my own.” Mom Meets Blog peeks in on this later-in-life mom with a fantastic son who’s faced his own challenges and is currently navigating tweendom, karate, middle school, and piano lessons, a workaholic husband overseeing a busy family business, and her role in managing it all - motherhood, midlife and a blog.


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