Roughing Out Kids’ Homework Worries

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If your child do their homework at the same time for a month or so, they are less likely to change the schedule and worry about it.

One of the most trying moments of parenting school children is getting their homework done. There are instances when a child worries too much about their homework and parents sometimes get too frustrated. These moments ensues fights, cries and storming off on both sides. While some parents don’t get mad, they become anxious about their kids’ anxiety. These approaches won’t help your kids deal with their homework worries, as parents, you should be calm about it and help your children cope. Homework will always be a part of school work and while some kids worry about it, they can survive it. Here are some ideas to help you support your kids deal with their homework worries slowly and steadily.

Be Compassionate with your Child

Homework can sometimes be tough and it can be thoroughly nerve-wracking to do. Let them know that you understand with simple statements such as “I’m sorry you are stressed and scared about this,” or “It’s hard to work on tough homework isn’t it?” With calm, reassuring statements of understanding and care can help your children can calm down their homework worries.

Calm your Child’s Body

When your child becomes really anxious about their homework, ask them to take deep, show breathes to expel “anxiety chemicals” in the brain. Do it with them to encourage them, once they have calmed down, they can learn and remember things better.

Use “Calm Sentences/Phrases”

Think of “calm sentences with your child when it comes to tough homework. Some good examples are, “I’ll try my best to do this, and it’s okay if I can’t do it all” or “My teacher hardly gets mad for unfinished homework, and even if they do, it’s okay.” Write your calm sentences on cards which they can read aloud when they get worried about homework. This way they also learn to deal with their fears and reassure themselves even without your interference.

Pep Talk with Teacher

Help your child discuss their homework worries with their teacher. Warn the teacher in advance so that they can prepare. Most teachers will be happy to help reassure children about school-related work. You can remind your child about your and their teacher’s support each time they get stressed out with tough homework.

Set a Time for Doing Homework

Ask your child to choose a set, short time for homework and stick to this routine for a month. Some children prefer to do it right after school to get it out of their way while others do it after eating and resting. If your child do their homework at the same time for a month or so, they are less likely to change the schedule and worry about it.

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Proper Ways of Developing Your Kids Study Habits

Who wouldn’t want to see their kids seriously studying right? It has been every parent’s dream to see their children being serious in school. However, everyone knows that studying is quite tiring and only few people are willing to sacrifice their sleep and time for it. During your school days, you’ve been wishing for the week to end and almost cursing the arrival of Mondays.

Nevertheless, you continued studying until such time that you graduated. You were able to develop study habits and now that you already have kids, you would want them to do the same. As parents, it is our responsibility to teach them how to do it. Our guidance is of great influence and there is no other great motivation for students to study but to make their parents proud.

Developing Your Kids Study habits

As early as kindergarten, set a certain time for your children to study and do their homework. As much as possible, be firm to your rules. Giving rewards is also effective as prizes are great motivators. Do not just let your children study on their own. In as much as you want to promote independence, your kids need guidance. Knowing that you have your parents to help you out is one of the reasons to study hard.

In helping them out in their homework, just make sure you aren’t spoon-feeding the answers. Let them solve the problems first before they turn to your help. In short, just guide them and do not do the homework for them, how will they learn if that’s the case.

Teach them to make a study calendar and let them schedule their long term assignments. These will teach them not to cram when the deadline approaches. Lastly, cheer them up whenever they would encounter difficult lessons and remind them that they can do it.

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Why Help Your Child with Homework

Before I continue with my work every night, I make sure that RJ’s assignments are all done. She’s already in the fourth grade but still I guide her with the homework and projects. I make sure that she has all the things she needs to complete her assignments. This is to help her develop positive attitude towards education and life-long love of learning. It is also my way to know what is being taught in school and if the school follows the curriculum. I must admit, it also helps me to update and review myself about metamorphosis, reverse osmosis, properties of multiplication, etc. and I must say there are times I don’t recognize their lessons so I have to do some research.

Lessons now are much different and more difficult because of the advances in technology and everything that is why your guidance is very much needed by your child. Remember that child’s success does not only depend in school but to you as well. As parents, you are the most important teacher your child will have. It not only means supporting their education financially but also spending time with them while they are reading, reviewing or making their homework. Also, don’t forget to commend your child for every good work and accomplishment to inspire him/her more.