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How to avoid the homework wars

To help your child succeed in school, start by establishing good homework and study habits at home. Here are some ideas from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework. Children need a consistent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that is quiet, without distractions and promotes study.
  • Schedule ample time for homework, and eliminate TV and other electronic distractions during homework time. 
  • Supervise computer and internet use.
  • Be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but never do a child’s homework. 
  • Take steps to help alleviate eye fatigue, neck fatigue and brain fatigue while studying. 
  • If your child is struggling with a particular subject and you are not able to help, consider a tutor. Talk it over with your child’s teacher first. 
  • Some children need help organizing their homework. Checklists, timers and parental supervision can help.
  • If your child is having difficulty completing homework, discuss this with your child’s teacher. 
  • Establish a good sleep routine.

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