She probably has more responsibilities than ever before, and juggling them can be difficult. Here are some ways you can help:
• Choose a regular time and place for homework. Help your child decide when and where she is most productive. (In front of the television should not be an option.)
• Encourage your child to make daily to-do lists. They’re great reminders, and it feels good to cross off finished tasks.
• Use a portable timer. Set it when your child has trouble sticking to a schedule, such as during phone calls or while doing homework.
• Teach your child to break large tasks into small parts. For example, if she has a book report due in two weeks, plan each step she’ll take to complete it.
• Have your child clean out her backpack at least once a week. If she does this over the weekend, she’ll start each week organized.
• Use routines throughout the day. For example, your child might brush her teeth, lay out clothes for the next day, and pack her backpack before bed.
• Set a good example. If you’re organized, your child is more likely to be organized, too.
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