Here are some of the values that homework teaches:
Responsibility. Homework is your child's job, not yours. If you get too involved, your child can't learn the skills he'll need to be responsible for himself throughout life.
Independence. Parents are often tempted to get too involved with their child's homework. Instead of showing a child a dictionary, they'll spell all the words for her. Instead of checking the math problems, they'll end up doing them. These parents are not helping their child become independent learners.
Time management. Your child begins by knowing when homework must be completed. It's up to him to figure out how early to start. That's an important time management skill.
Perseverance. Thomas Edison once said that genius is “1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.” Kids who complete their homework by themselves—even when it's difficult—learn the ability to stick to a task until it's done.
As a parent, you should take an interest in your child's homework. And you should be there for advice or support. But when your child does her own homework, she learns a lot more than multiplication tables. She also learns skills that will lead to success throughout life.
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