So it is the beginning of the school year and of course
with it comes homework.
This can be a real battleground for kids and their
To help put homework in the right *framework* at your
house this school year... Parenting Consultant Chris
Peterson has some tips in Parenting Today.
Set aside a time each day for family learning.
Set aside at least 30 minutes, devoted to "family
brain cell development." During this time, there should
be no TV, video games, computer games, etc.
Model your own excitement for learning by reading
a book, writing letters, etc.
Your child may learn by doing their homework, reading
about something they love, writing stories, etc.
Help only when your child truly wants it.
Some parents make the mistake of forcing help upon
their kids. This only creates frustration, anger,
and kids who believe they can't learn without their
Help only when there's an absence of anger or frustration.
When either you or your child gets frustrated or angry,
learning becomes associated with frustration and anger.
Help only when your child can describe what the teacher
This ensures that your child continues to believe
that it's important to pay attention to teachers.
Unfortunately, some kids learn that it's best to "tune-out"
at school and let their parents do all of the teaching
Move away from your child before he/she "gets it."
Some children believe they can only learn something,
or "get it," when an adult is in the same roomor
is guiding them every inch of the way.
To prevent this dependency, avoid falling into the
habit of sitting at the table as your child does their
homework, especially when they are on the brink of
learning something new.
THE CARDINAL RULE FOR HELPING:
Never Work Harder Than Your Child. ."