Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study or organizational skills and encouraging kids in other ways. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Know the teachers and what they are looking for. Attend parent-teacher conferences and ask about their homework policies.
  2. Set up a homework friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit area to complete homework. Keep supplies within reach.
  3. Schedule a regular study time with breaks. (A 15 minute break every hour if possible)
  4. Keep distractions to a minimum; no loud music or television.
  5. Make sure kids to their own work. Parents can make suggestions, but kids need to learn on their own.
  6. Be a motivator and monitor; check work and ask about quizzes.
  7. Praise their work and efforts. Brag on them when they make good grades.
  8. If there are continuing problems, get help. Talk to the teacher; get your child’s eyes checked, etc.

Your child’s education is crucial, and you must take control. Homework can be the dreaded time of the day, or something manageable.