Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active
interest in homework - it shows kids that what they do is
Helping with homework can have many benefits for kids. And who
knows? Parents might even learn a thing or two!
How to Help
- Get to know the teachers. Attend school events, such as
parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child's teachers.
Ask about their homework policies and how you should be
- Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a
well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies - paper,
pencils, glue, scissors - within reach.
- Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the
afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer
to wait until after dinner.
- Keep the distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud
music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a
classmate about an assignment could prove helpful.)
- Make sure kids do their own work. They won't learn
if they don't think for themselves and make their own
mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions.
But it's a kid's job to do the learning.
- Get involved in your child's academic career. Ask about
assignments, quizzes, and tests. Check completed homework and
make yourself available for questions and concerns.
- Set a good example. Do your kids see you reading the
newspaper, writing letters, or reading a book? Kids are more
likely to follow their parents' examples than their
- Praise their work and efforts. Post an aced test or art
project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to
- If there are continuing problems with homework, talk
with your child's teacher. Some kids have trouble seeing
the board or perhaps need evaluation for a learning problem or
Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: September 2008
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice,
diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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