By Professor Matt Sanders
Homework is an accepted part of every child’s schooling. However, it doesn’t have to become a family battle. The key is for parents and children to be prepared.
Your child should have a set, regular time for homework that fits in around your schedule and your child’s other commitments such as sport or music lessons.
Homework should come at a time after your child has had a chance to relax after arriving home and before they are allowed to play or watch television.
Relaxing immediately after school is as important for children as it is for adults who want to wind down after coming home from work. Give your child an afternoon snack and use that time to find out what their homework tasks are, whether they need any special materials for projects, and when it needs to be ready.
While children don’t have to have absolute quiet when working, they should have a homework area that has clear table space, is well lit, and is free from obvious distractions (like the television).
If your child wants your opinion on how good their homework is don’t feel that you have to make sure the work is perfect before they hand it in. They may feel discouraged if you point out all the spelling and punctuation mistakes. Instead, say something positive about the work and, if you must make corrections, just choose one or two mistakes.
Professor Matt Sanders is founder of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program
For more information go to www.triplep-parenting.net or contact the School Psychologist, Luciana Carelli.