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homeworkBack to school means back to homework.

This is a rude awakening to many kids and parents alike.

Sometimes the homework assigned is too easy for a child.  It’s frustrating mindless busywork. Other times, it’s just the opposite.

It’s Mount Everest.

It’s so hard a child wonders why he or she should even bother.

You can help your child one step at a time.  If you can start the school year by creating strong homework habits day after day, it will make this year a banner year for your child.

If homework seems too easy, set a timer to encourage your child to get the mindless busywork over with as soon as possible. Get books from the library that spark his/her interest and/or watch educational videos like Khan Academy.

For the second scenario, websites like Khan Academy may also help your child understand his/her homework much better. Sit down with your child and drill math problems, learn vocabulary words, or read together. I know that may sound daunting and time consuming.

But just a little goes a long way.

Set a timer for 5-10 minutes a day to do this. You’ll be amazed at the improvement that can take place after just working with your child intently for a few minutes a day.

I don’t know many children who really like homework. The key is getting your child motivated to finish well and quickly. The self-control required to do something like routine homework is an important skill that transfers to the workplace, home, church, community service, really anywhere!

My son’s class fifth grade class had a 100% club. The kids who did 100% of their homework (one miss is allowed) got special privileges like a pancake breakfast one morning and going off-campus to eat lunch together at the end of the year.

You might create your own 100% club complete with perks for your child.

We can put a little bit of fun into homework right?

If last year was a tough year with homework, this year will be the same…unless you DO something differently.  Whether it’s setting a timer, not allowing screen time until homework is done, or having rewards and incentives…this year can be different.

You can do it mom! 


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