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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We all know how important sleep is. It energizes our body and mind. However, we, sometimes, take it for granted. Jessica Payne, a psychologist at the University of Notre Dame, says:

“It’s terrifying because we just don’t give sleep the respect that it deserves. We don’t treat it as if it’s an essential process, just as important as eating and breathing and getting exercise. But it is.”

We have all been guilty, at some point, of depriving ourselves of decent sleep. There are millions of reasons why we do it.

While parenthood is one of the good reasons as to why we don’t really think about the serious repercussions of sleep deprivation, it’s still a must to get enough sleep.

As much as we need to get enough sleep, so do our kids. Hence, one of our major tasks is to instill a regular sleeping pattern for our kids. With a regular sleeping pattern, our kids can have enough sleep.

How Sleep Affects Kids

The sleeping time of our kids is not just a quiet time for us, parents. While we look forward to the silence and tranquility, our kids are undergoing an important process as they sleep. Jessica Payne describes it further.

“Sleeping allows you to take what you’ve learned, especially new things that you’ve learned and to recombine those bits and pieces of information in new and novel ways that allow you to have creative insights.”

This is the reason why sleeping is very important for our growing kids. Sleep is also a time when all the things learned are processed.

“Sleep is also a protected time where we, rather than taking in new and enormous amount of information, we process it, we sort through it, we connect it up, we look for distance connections.”

All these things are important aspects in creativity. To me, it makes perfect sense. Our minds can only think better once they’re well-rested. A well-rested mind is only possible after a good night’s sleep. This clearly shows how sleep can affect our kids.

The Findings: Kids Aren’t Sleeping Enough

Unfortunately, kids are not sleeping enough these days. With all the gadgets they’re engrossed in, they’re sleeping late at night.

“So kids aren’t sleeping enough … which means, potentially we’re going to produce a nation of less creative kids at the time when innovation and creativity is so important for society and particularly for the business world.”

And that’s why, as parents, it’s our responsibility to instill a regular sleeping pattern for our kids. Of course, this is always a challenge. With so many external factors getting in the way, there is always a reason why our kids are not sleeping enough.

“We have them up playing with computers where, not only are they stimulated by the content on their computer screen, but there’s also the issue of the light.”

Apparently, even the low level of light that beams out of the computer screen can affect the circadian rhythm. This can make our kids stay up later than they should. So with more and more kids spending time on the computer, there is no doubt that sleep deprivation is a serious issue these days.

“It goes to reason that if children aren’t sleeping enough, not only are they having problems learning, but they’re unlikely to be as creative …”

This is should be enough reason for us, parents, to make sure that our kids are getting enough sleep.

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