Kids and Homework – Ending the Homework Wars

As a parent, you know that homework is important for tweens – after all, this is the time when the stakes at school amp up – and setting the foundation for good study habits is crucial.  But getting this high energy to sit still can be a real challenge.  If you feel at a loss about how you can help your kids with homework, here are some some tips that may ease the homework challenges.

Kids-and-homeworkKids and Homework – Not an Oxymoron

1. Schedule it in

Let your kids know that you think homework is important by scheduling it in. One way to do that is to have a designated “homework time.” This kind of routine can be very helpful for kids, and also establishes homework as an important task with its own allotted time.

Having a designated homework time also gives you more flexibility. That may seem ironic, but you and your child get to decide how many hours are needed, and what time of day those hours can come out of.  Involve your tween in the decision as well – this can be very motivational – and makes it less about the parent telling the child what to do and more about the child working with you to solve a problem.

Another tip about the scheduling – consider setting aside an “academic time” rather than just “homework time.” For example, if your child knows he or she has to spend an hour doing something learning-related, he or she will probably be less likely to hurry carelessly through a homework assignment just to get it done.  If she finishes homework early she must still use the rest of the time for academic “stuff” – not getting to watch TV or surf the Internet.
2. Check it over

Make it a routine to look over your kids’ homework assignments. You don’t have to nit-pick, but just see that the homework is completed and that there are no glaringly obvious errors.

3. Get to know the teacher

Try to find out your child’s teacher’s expectations regarding homework, so that you can help your child reach those specific goals. It may be surprising how much teachers can differ in their homework expectations.

4. Quiet time

Homework/academic time should be free from noisy distractions if at all possible. Don’t settle down with homework assignments near the telephone, television, or computer, for instance (unless the homework assignment requires research on the computer).  At the same time, most tweens still need some guidance when doing their homework  – so sending them to their room unsupervised is not a good idea.  If younger siblings are around, have them do something quiet at the same time.

5. Quiet place

Choose a special place for homework. Your tween will look forward to her homework nook if it’s set up right. While guarding against distractions, you can set up the area to have snacks, drinks (even a mini fridge), comfy chairs or cushions, a special desk or table, and so forth.

 

Andrea Stein is a tween parenting expert and girl power coach.  Check out the GirlMoguls – a New Adventure Series for Tween Girls here: http://girlmogul.com/buy-the-girlmogul-book/

Back to School – How to Use a Planner

How to Use an Academic Planner
How to Use an Academic Planner

Hey GirlMoguls, it’s Rose here, with another set of great tips for back to school success.  Today, I am going to share with you my easy tips for using that planner – you know that little book your parents buy you and you’re supposed to use to keep track of everything?  Well here are 4 easy ways to use that thing, instead of letting it collect dust…

  1. Pick one that’s right for you – planners come in all different styles, with some showing just the months and some with a page for each day.  Pick one that has enough room for you to write down all your to-dos and big events – I like ones that have a 2-page month spread for each month and then space for every day in that month…
  2. Add Dates right away – carry the planner with you everywhere – enter every homework assignment, deadline and event as soon as you can.  And then remember to look at it so you can see what’s coming up!
  3. Not just for school – don’t forget to write in all your other dates – like your sister’s birthday, or field trips or dance class, so you can plan you study time around your schedule
  4. Color Code – get colorful and pick a different color for each school subject and another color for after-school activities and so on so you can tell with a quick look how much you have to do in each category!

So see- using a planner isn’t so hard – and it will keep you organized and make schoolwork that much easier to handle – and you didn’t even have to hit the books!

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