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Helping with homework

 
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September marks the start of the school year - and for parents, this means a return to peace and quiet. But it also means the return of homework. In recent years, kids have received more and more homework, which can be stressful for both children and their parents. To help alleviate that stress, try using these homework strategies.

Set up your space. Make sure that your child has the things they need to get started, like pens, pencils and papers. Save yourself the time and stress of searching for these items later in the evening by having them prepared right off the bat. By setting aside a quiet, well-lit place, you're limiting potential distractions and improving focus.

When they work, you work. Show your child that the skills they're building are important to things you do as an adult. For example, if they are doing math, work on your bills or checkbook. If they're reading, take the opportunity to pick up a book.

Stay informed. Talk to your child's teachers. Homework is easier when you can be a team with the teacher to help your child learn. This means that if the homework is meant to be done by your child, let them be independent, but if you are asked to take an active role, do it.

Give guidance, not answers. If you simply give your child the answer, it means that they won't have the chance to learn the material and shows that they don't have to work hard. Reward their hard work, and celebrate them for what they've accomplished.

Be a motivator and a monitor. Be positive about homework, and remind your child about the importance of education. Watch your child for signs of frustration, and encourage them to keep going or to take a short break and come back to it. 

Helping your child get through their homework without a meltdown is critical to maintaining your sanity during the school year and creating a positive mindset about school for your child. With these tips, you can lower stress and get some work done while you're at it.
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