Hillary Chybinski: How to Handle the Homework Hassle

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

How to Handle the Homework Hassle

Handling Homework | My Scraps

Are you already tired of homework and the school year just started? Based on my Twitter and Facebook, I am not alone in my struggles to handle the homework hassle. And while we have made strides to improve our homework process, there is always room for improvement.

Here are the things that are working for us when it comes to homework time:
  • Unpack when they get home. If they wait until 7pm to unpack backpacks, and realize they left their math book at school, you'll have a harder time finding a solution, than if you realize that at 4pm.
  • The sooner the better. I do believe kids need a "break" after school, but I also know that my kids do a better job on their homework when we don't "save" it for later.
  • Set up a space. We do homework in the dining room. I have a Homework Cart that can be wheeled over to the table and is stocked with all the supplies we need.
  • If you don't have homework - leave the room. Homework time is serious time, and any kid not doing homework, needs to leave the dining room.
  • Allow for one-on-one time. If your kids are struggling, or are different ages, it may be a good idea to stagger your homework times so that you can help each child one-on-one.
  • It's okay to walk away. If there's a struggle, it's okay to take a break. In fact, doing something else and then re-grouping may result in better understanding and better moods too.
Like so many things in parenting, some days are better than others. But for the most part, homework is done peacefully and in a reasonable amount of time. I hope one or more of these tips and tricks will help with the homework hassle at your house.

What strategies work for you?

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  1. We are a have snack and then do homework right away family. I also usually let my daughter do everything on her own and then check it- if I need to help her with something (especially math related) I write a note to the teacher on the page indicating that I helped or had to re-explain--it just helps the teacher know what is happening with the learning.

  2. Love your staggered homework time idea. I have one who likes to start his ASAP and one who I have to sit on top of to get him to work! Thanks for the tips and letting me know I'm not alone!!!