kid-enjoying-homeworkParents must take interest in the schoolwork of their children. Regardless of the busy schedule, parents should always find time to sit with their children and to study. This is true most especially for children in the elementary years.

As a busy working mother, I do my best to sit with my kids after school. I see to it that when I get home after work, they can rely on me for their homework. Although, they try to do it by themselves, I make sure to check everything before they go to bed.

Through time I have learned several techniques to ease homework time. I try to make homework time fun so as to not to stress or even bore the kids.

First, I set aside a place for us to do his homework. It is our special homework nook, no distractions from television. Our study area is complete with all their study materials.

Second, we have a regular homework time. By creating a regular schedule, the kids can plan their play time. The regular schedule also means that homework is the priority over play and tv time.

Third, we take breaks if the homework is too long. For a few minutes we would share some healthy snacks and talk about other things. It is actually a good bonding moment. Some parents usually try to finish everything by bombarding the children all the questions. Take note that kids can only concentrate for about 15 minutes, anything over that is information over load. Hence, it is wise to have a good and comfortable pace in doing homework.

Most importantly, I never forget to praise my kids. There is never a shortage of words praise during homework time. I always make them feel that I am so proud of them. This really motivates them to do their best.

Unfortunately, there are times when I get too busy to help them. So a few times I rely on an experienced babysitter who can patiently sit with them. Nonetheless, I make sure to check everything before I go to bed.

Homework time should really be fun for the kids. Making the atmosphere light but conducive for studying is very important. Soon as the kids are able to integrate homework time in their everyday activities, they can eventually be left alone.

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