1. Be positive and upbeat about homework. Your child will pick up on your attitude, especially if it’s negative.

  2. Review the assignments ahead of time so you understand the scope of the work. This will give you a better grasp of how much time the assignment requires. You’ll be better able to tell when your child should call it quits and when he needs to stick it out.

  3. Remember that it’s your job to encourage and motivate but not to do the actual work. During homework time, stay nearby and keep engaged in your own activity, such as working on a task in the kitchen. That way, your child knows that you’re there if she needs help.

  4. Put a homework organization plan in place. Have a homework folder for assignments. Try setting up a designated homework desk or spot in the house so your child can keep all homework-related items in one location.

  5. Set a designated homework time for each day. Some kids do well right after school; others need a break before they get down to business. Either way, keep the time the same so it becomes a regular part of your child’s day.

  6. Recognize that just as each child has his own personality, so too does he have his own approach to homework. Some kids will need help prioritizing their work and staying on task. Others will want their space and will thrive when they complete assignments independently.

  7. Reach out for help when you need to. Know how to get in touch with the teacher and where she keeps assignments online. Keep a list of reliable classmates who your child can contact if he isn’t sure about the assignment details.