How to Make Homework Less Stressful

School bells will be ringing again soon, and with a new school year comes homework. Your child may need your help learning how to make homework less stressful. Using the following these ideas may provide your child with the help they need for homework problems.


If your child is like many, they may procrastinate when it comes to homework. Of course, this adds to the stress they feel. Creating a schedule for time at home will enable them accomplish everything they have to do. A good schedule would include:


* Wind-down time and snack

* Homework

* Chores

* Dinner

* Time with family


To make the transition from school to home easier, give them a half hour to ride their bike, watch one television programme, or do a craft. A nutritious snack is also a good idea when children return home, particularly if lunch was earlier in the day. A piece of fruit, yogurt, or a cheese sandwich will give them much-needed energy and allow them to concentrate better on the task at hand.


Set aside a specific place for your child to do homework. You’ll want to have a basket or box which contains supplies they’ll need including pencils, paper, calculator, eraser, and markers. If you they need your help managing their time, you may want them to do homework at the kitchen table.


Break down assignments into smaller portions of time and be available if they need your help. You can be available without sitting by them and doing their homework for them. Knowing you’re available to help should they run into problems can be comforting. You may choose to read, pay bills, or do another activity at the table with them.


Limit the number of outside activities your child has to avoid burnout. If they’re spending all their evening hours practising sports, with scouting, or in band they won’t have time for homework. You may want to institute an “academics first” rule if they are involved in too much.


What do you do if you think the teacher is assigning too much homework? Make an appointment to speak with them, without the children being present, and discuss any problems your child may have. Speaking to the teacher in front of the child could lead them to question the teacher’s authority from then on. You may also want to ask the teacher what you can do to help your child learn.


Use breaks between assignments for younger children, and at least every hour for older students. The break doesn’t have to be a long time, but enough to allow them to get a drink or get up and walk around.


Homework and stress seem to go hand-in-hand. You can do much to teach them how to make homework less stressful by following these useful ideas. You may also empathize; it may not have been so long ago you were doing homework yourself.

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