How about those
nights you helped study facts? Well, now that your child is older, your role in homework is different
. . . but no less important. Instead of being an active participant, try being a sideline coach. Here are some tips to help you with the transition:
• Encourage your teen to work independently. But be nearby for questions, review, or organizational help.
• Make sure your teen understands that school is his full-time job. It comes before daily chores, an outside job, or social events. Help him plan his time accordingly.
• Encourage your student to ask teachers about work he doesn’t understand. Don’t hesitate to contact teachers yourself if you need information on things like expectations and grading system.
• Ask your student specific questions about his homework. “Do you have homework tonight?” is too general, and may bring a one word answer. Questions like, “What reading do you have for English tonight?” will help him focus on the work ahead.
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