The same story plays out in countless homes across America each night. Our kids know that dinnertime is over and it’s time to buckle down for homework, yet they continue to resist and delay. It’s as though they didn’t know they were expected to be completing their weekly assignments.
There is a healthy and proper debate playing out about the large amounts of homework being assigned to our kids, with many critics pointing to unreasonable workloads contributing to high levels of anxiety and sucking precious time away from recreational pursuits.
But in the meantime, before we come to a better shared understanding of how much homework is appropriate, it is crucial that we help our kids learn to cope and manage their workloads.
There is a lot that can be done to encourage healthier and more sustainable homework habits, including these ideas for reducing the stress in your household around homework:
- Inject positivity into the conversation. Find the bright side when you’re talking to your kids about their grades and homework; one of the worst habits we can instill in our young people is thinking about their schoolwork as a form of drudgery. Their school and curriculum will play a large part in this process, but find ways to help them see their schoolwork as a chance to expand their horizons, show what they are capable of, and even find a sense of play.
- Help them take advantage of their unique perspective to do their work in an efficient and productive way. For example, FastBraiin clinics train our students to use speed and memory techniques to reduce their fear and anxiety about their assignments, regardless of the subject area.
- Set clear expectations on a usual time and place for homework to happen. Make sure to build in plenty of slack time so that family time, sleep, and other priorities don’t fall by the wayside.
What challenges have your kids faced in completing their homework satisfactorily and on time? What approaches have made a difference in your household? If you want to share things that worked for you, please let me know on Facebook!