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Homework has several benefits for students. Apart from extending the studies beyond class, homework teaches children to manage their time and to exercise independent thinking. You can help them stay organized, solve problems, and create a bond, which is especially important in terms of co-parenting. However, without the right strategies, homework can be problematic and stressful for both you and your child, which can lead to meltdowns or behavior issues. The more you can do to get involved and find strategies that will work for your child’s specific needs, the easier it will be for her to take responsibility and get the job done.
Here are a few tips you can employ the next time you help your child with homework.
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Technology provides tremendous benefits for homework. Your child can submit assignments online, and you need not worry about losing the files. Through mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops, your child can do their homework in school, on the way home, and at home. With a portable device, and an internet connection, children have access to unlimited books and information online. Adding in a pair of durable headphones ensures they can stay focused.
Staying in constant communication with teachers is crucial in helping your child with homework. Most teachers do not have the time to tailor homework to meet every student’s needs, but with your feedback, they can work on a different approach to teach your child or give them individual assignments. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and encourage your child to do the same. Many schools offer communication tools that allow parents to keep in touch with their child’s educators via an app, which can make it easier to stay on top of assignments, due dates, and potential issues. You can also set up a parent/teacher conference each semester to get an idea of your child’s progress.
Children emulate what they see around them. If you want your child to develop good reading habits, or to ensure that they do their homework on time, you have to do it, too. Does this mean that you should do homework? No. However, your child will take up your reading habits if they see you reading, and the benefits of reading aloud with younger children are numerous. They will also be more organized if you lead by example and give them the right tools.
Cultivating reading habits in your child has several benefits. They will understand vocabulary better, improve their attention span, and increase their thirst for knowledge. Each of these habits will, in turn, reflect on their homework. If your child is an avid reader, the chances that they will perform better on their homework are higher, since they will have the know-how.
The way you react to your child’s habits influences their behavior, both positively and negatively. As a parent, your mission may be to cultivate a positive attitude toward homework in your children. For example, rewarding your child after they finish the assignment will help them perform better continuously because it boosts motivation. Things like attention, toys, screen time, and praise are essential in boosting your child’s confidence. Even engaging your child in some fun activities outdoors can show your appreciation for their effort. For example, you could set up a fun treasure hunt or take a trip to the zoo. Such activities also make for great bonding time, which is crucial for families who are dealing with divorce or are experiencing co-parenting.
Helping your child with their homework will improve your bonding experience with your child. It will also help them approach you for solutions and stay organized. By communicating with your child’s teacher, using technology, and rewarding your child, homework will be easier for both of you.
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