It’s back to school time and back to routine. The one thing kids dread is homework.

Children are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework, according to a statement issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics. When parents show an interest in homework, children learn that what they do is important to their parents. Helping with homework can have many benefits for children. And who knows? Parents might even learn a thing or two! Here’s how you can help your child with homework:

  • Get to know your child’s teacher

Attend school events such as parent teacher conferences to meet your child’s teacher. Ask about his or her homework policy and how you should be involved.

  • Set up a homework friendly area

Make sure your child has a well-lit place to complete homework. Place supplies – paper pencils glue and scissors – within reach.

  • Schedule a regular study time

Some children work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.

  • Keep the distractions to a minimum

This means no television no loud music and no devices.

  • Make sure your child does their own work

Children will not learn if they don’t think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help children with directions. Your child’s job is to do the learning.

  • Get involved in your child’s academic career

Ask them about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Check completed homework and make yourself available for questions and concerns.

  • Set a good example

Does your child see you reading a magazine or newspaper, writing letters, or reading a book? Children are more likely to follow their parents’ examples than their advice.

  • Praise their work and effort

Stick the math assignment or art project on the refrigerator. Mention achievements in science to relatives. Positive reinforcement is the best motivator.

If your child has continuing problems with homework talk with their teacher. It may be the child has difficulty in the classroom that requires evaluation for learning disorder or attention disorder. Come up with a game plan together that will lead to a school year full of success.


Reprinted from the Nemours Foundation