The Homework Blues: Five Strategies for a Better Experience
written by Kristin V. Shaw, posted on alpha mom.com
Students are back in school after holiday break (was that an “amen”?), which can be fun and exciting, but can also be very stressful — for children and parents. The change of pace from the holiday break can cause last-minute meltdowns and inevitable Sunday anxiety.
I admit it: my 3rd grader often has sports and activities after school, and there have been more than a few times that homework is completed during breakfast right before school (put on your shoes! we’ve got to run!) or even in the car on the way. However, that’s not ideal, and I want homework to be as stress-free as possible so he associates the process with a relaxed environment. Not only that, but as he moves up a grade each year, homework is not going to be limited to a few math problems he can easily solve. Good homework habits are going to become important.