It might be only 5 or 10 minutes of homework. But every minute counts toward helping children learn.

Whether your child will do his homework will depend a lot on you. It’s your attitude that counts. If you believe homework is important, so will your child. To stress homework’s importance:

Share your expectations. Tell your child you expect he’ll have homework and that he will do it.

Say homework is your child’s “job.” Adults have jobs. So do kids. School is kids’ “work.”

Discuss how homework helps. Talk about skills homework teaches. It helps kids plan and manage their time. It also fosters responsibility.

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