When children consistently have difficulty with homework it is important to communicate this concern with your child’s teacher. With the teacher’s help you may be able to identify the source of the problem and figure out the best way to address it.
According to The Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), parents need to remember several things.
Communicate early on when homework issues arise. The earlier the problem is addressed the more likely it is you will be able to find solutions that work. The rest of the school year can be easier for you and your child. (For help knowing how to communicate with your child’s teacher see Forming a Parent-Teacher Partnership to Help a Struggling Child)
Be sure to contact your child’s teacher to work out the problem rather than going directly to the principal or other supervisor. The teacher is the one who works directly with your child and he or she is in the best position to help.
Even though these meetings can be uncomfortable, it is best to approach them with a positive attitude while believing the problems can be solved by working together.
Some possible solutions might include the following.
There are many things that can cause children difficulty when doing homework. The most important thing to remember is to not give up. Homework is important. To understand why teachers give homework, read How Can Parents Help With Homework?
Peer Pressure / School Cliques
Right from the beginning of the school year mom/dad should make every attempt to meet all the teachers and express a desire to work along with the teachers as a "success team" for the student. If parents let children know that there will be no secrets about homework, tests, etc., and that mom and dad will always be aware of what is expected from the teachers, then the students will be less likely to "forget" their assignments. Homework is not necessarily fun, but often necessary for practice in many subjects, especially math and foreign languages. I would recommend parents give their children time off immediately after school - time for play, snacks, outside activities, etc. - before buckling down to do the homework. Who wants to come home from school and start doing schoolwork?
I would also recommend, when possible, that one of the parents be in the room with the child while he/she is trying to do the homework, not necessarily telling the child what to do, but making him/herself available to answer questions the child may have. Some children never ask for help because they don't need it; some don't ask because they don't know what to ask or feel mom/dad wouldn't know how to answer correctly. Some children want the adult to "do" the homework for them, and that is not helpful in the long run for the child. Most importanly, though, is the attitude exhibited by the parents toward the child's assignments, I believe. Positive feedback to the child and positive comments about the need for the work can be very helpful.
Parents, especially mother is the best teacher in a child’s life. The way, she can guide a child, no other can! However, sometimes, it becomes hard for the parents to help children doing homework. In that case, they can take advantage of online tutoring services like tutorteddy.com.