If your child
isn’t careful, she can become overwhelmed by the stress of it all.
Doing these things can help increase your child’s ability to complete schoolwork on time:
• Have a positive attitude. Let your child know you value schoolwork—that it’s important to his learning.
• Know what teachers expect. Make sure both you and your child understand what kinds of homework teachers assign and how often. Ask about timelines for special projects.
• Keep your child healthy. Make sure she eats, sleeps and exercises enough—so she doesn’t miss school and get behind on assignments.
• Set up a comfortable study area, where your child can study with the fewest distractions.
• Agree on a homework schedule and help your child stick to it.
• Help your child learn to break down larger homework assignments into manageable steps.
• If your child gets stuck, suggest he switch gears. For instance—change to spelling, then go back to math.
• Build confidence. Remind your child of what she can do and has done successfully.
• Don’t expect perfection. Praise efforts as well as achievements.
• Don’t hesitate to talk with teachers and arrange for homework help if your child needs it.
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