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When homework becomes a battle

In an ideal home, homework should never get to the war-zone stage. If good homework habits are firmly rooted at an early age, it is less likely that a battle will emerge.

“Homework, I have discovered, involves a sharp pencil and thick books and long sighs.”  ― Katherine Applegate
“Homework, I have discovered, involves a sharp pencil and thick books and long sighs.” ― Katherine ApplegateImage courtesy of photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

If homework has already become an issue, you need a fresh start.

  1. Call a family meeting to brainstorm ideas and possible solutions.
  2. Explain your frustrations and let your child do the same.
  3. Set some ground rules, such as your homework must be completed on time and the work must be your best.
  4. Give praise when the homework is completed.
  5. Offer an incentive when your child gets down to work with out complaining or arguing.
  6. Celebrate when you see a new and more positive starting to manifest.

There will be times when your child is unable to finish the homework assignment due to not feeling well, overtired, frustrated, not understanding the material or it is just too much for one evening. Be kind, be flexible, excuse the homework for the evening and send an e-mail to your child's teacher explaining the situation.

What have you done to conquer the homework battle in your home?

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