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5 Tips to Help Kids Manage Homework

Is your family struggling to balance a hectic daily routine that includes an overwhelming amount of homework? Mighty Mommy is right there with you. Here are five tips to help kids keep homework under control so your family can enjoy less stress and more fun. 

By
Cheryl Butler,
Episode #296

5 Tips for Tackling HomeworkSchool's been in session for almost a month now and although we've transitioned most of our schedule from summer to school, one thing that is starting to pick up right now is our kids' homework loads. Reports, special projects, book reviews and more—it's only just begun.

If your family is struggling to balance a hectic daily routine that includes an overwhelming amount of homework, know that you're not alone and that Mighty Mommy is right there with you. I've been managing the homework scene for my eight kids for nearly two decades, so here are my five top tips to help your kids stay on task with their assignments. With these tips, your kids will be able to hit the books and make time for other fun family times throughout the school year..

Personally, I used to wonder why homework was even necessary. If my kids were spending seven hours per day in school, wasn't that enough?  Many of my family members are teachers, including my mother who is 70 years old and presently the principal of a high school. Although they don't agree with the amount of homework that some teachers hand out, they all agree that homework is still necessary to a degree, and here's why:

Research also indicates that homework is an excellent means of reinforcing and consolidating the information and skills your child learns at school.

For starters, teachers have long used homework to provide additional learning time, strengthen study and organizational skills, and keep parents informed of their children’s progress. Research also indicates that homework is an excellent means of reinforcing and consolidating the information and skills your child learns at school. Second, homework has many potential benefits; it helps develop study skills, time management skills, independence and, most importantly, responsibility.

So, with that in mind, here are five ways to help your kids better manage their homework time.

Tip #1:  Create a Quiet Place to Study

Give your child a quiet place to study, free of distractions, away from TV and video games. In our house, our dining room is used as a multi-purpose study/craft room because most of our meals are enjoyed around our kitchen island.  We always have their "go-to" supplies such as pencils, markers and crayons, computer paper, a stapler, construction paper, calculators, rulers, and any other study items that they use routinely on hand. This saves a lot of wasted time searching for supplies. 

See also: Organizing Tips for Tackling Homework

Tip #2:  Establish a Homework Routine

With all the activities families sign on for during the school year, it's important to determine when your kids will be doing their homework each day.  This obviously varies depending on your child's needs, schedules, and individual attention spans. Two of my kids can't focus much past dinner, so getting their homework done right after school is key. My high school-aged kids who participate in school sports and who work part-time jobs have to adjust their homework routines accordingly. One thing is for certain though, "winging" it is usually not a wise strategy.  Sit down with your kids at the beginning of the school year and decide together what the guidelines will be for completing homework.  For example, my kids can't get on their electronics until they check in with their father or me so that we can see their homework checklists are complete. Once kids realize that there are regular expectations for getting homework completed in a timely fashion, it will become a habit instead of an afterthought.

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