As the amount of testing for our school kids increases, it's tough to figure out how much and what to help with when it comes to homework.
Academic competition, assignment overload, and homework struggles can tempt us to just do their work for them. But this is one of the biggest mistakes we can make when it comes to our child's education and learning.
One benefit to homework is to keep you engaged with what your child is doing. And knowing what your child's teacher expects from homework is important.
By doing your student's homework for them, they lose the practice they might need to master a skill, and the opportunity to develop an independent learning style is overlooked.
Rather than do their work for them, look at how you can guide and help them to complete it on their own.
Here are some Do's and Don'ts when it comes to helping your child get their homework done.
Do's and Don'ts
DON'T: Answer your child's homework questions for them.
DO: Guide them to places they can find the answer themselves.
DON'T: Think your child can multi-task with phones/TV, etc., while doing homework...they can't!
DO: Allow them to take brief movement and water breaks to help keep them focused.
DON'T: Tell your student WHAT to do and HOW to do it.
DO: Help your child list their tasks (what) and brainstorm ways (how) to accomplish them.
DON'T: Offer bribes to your child for doing their homework. That's their 'job.'
DO: Work with them to pick an activity to do together for the quality and effort they put into the work.
DON'T: Bully, nag or pester your student about getting their homework done. These are not motivators.
DO: Acknowledge their effort and applaud their successes - no matter how small.