GULF COAST - The school year is officially underway! We're back to the books, carpool and homework! Before we get too far along in the new year, experts say now is the time to get a good homework routine up and running. We all know after a full day at school, it can be tough for our little ones to hit the books when they get home!
Dr. Michele Borba has been working with children and parents for more than 30 years an educator and parenting expert. She's also a Mom, so she's been through this homework stage. She tells us it's so important that we have a routine when it comes to after-school studying. And, that starts with some guidelines from us.
"Make sure your child has a good place to study as a space. What you want is a place that's limited in terms of distractions. You've set up the rules so there's no TV, no texting, the computer is only for something called research 101. The younger the child, the rule is, the closer to you. As the child grows older, hopefully they'll be getting these skills, so you ween yourself away," explains Dr. Borba.
Dr. Borba says we also need to look at what time our children do their homework. She says studies show they are most stressed when they first get home from school. So, maybe a little downtime before they hit the books. And, we should make sure they understand what has to get done. Maybe set up a check-list of what needs to be accomplished that afternoon or evening. Now, obviously, our older kids can handle that without a whole lot of help from us.
Make sure we help our children prioritize what should be done first, that kind of thing. And, really help them learn and use good study skills. Eventually, the goal is to have our little ones come home and do their homework without any prodding -- and, to be able to do the work independently. That, of course, is something that comes with age!
And, one last reminder -- something we already know -- but, studies show that it isn't the homework that stresses out our children. Children say often it's us, parents, who stress them out when it comes to homework. So, we just need to remember to stay positive with them! If it gets difficult, it may be time for a parent-teacher conference or you could look into hiring a tutor.
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