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Readers Respond: How I Made Doing Homework Less Stressful

Responses: 8


Doing homework isn't usually a child's favorite activity. In fact, it can lead to a lot of conflict and aggravation between parents and kids. Learn how to make doing homework less stressful with these helpful homework strategies from our readers:

Just Go With the Flow

We do our homework at carpool, on the bus, as soon as we get home, or when we have spare time.
—Guest Rocky


We find it easier to get the homework done right after school is out. This way you don't stay up all night, when the child is even more tired. It's okay to take a small break in between school and homework, (ex. snack), but for the most part get it done as soon as possible.
—Guest Get it over and done early

Why There Should Be Homework

Every child should do their homework and it's good to do it because homework helps the kids review and practice they covered in class. Homework also teaches them how to work by themselves. Some teachers also say they give homework so the parents get involved in the learning of their child.
—Guest josselyn

Share the Purpose of Doing Homework

When I was a kid, my mom explained to us what would happen to us if we did not do our homework. She explained that if we really wanted to reach our goals, we'd have to pull our socks up and work for it. Nothing is free in life. Achieving our goals would be hard work, and it would begin with doing our homework. She never nagged or forced us, but she was always there to support, help and assist us in whatever decision we made. I believe it is much easier to get a child to do what is right if you explain why it is that he has to do it, and if you instill a sense of responsibility and love in him.
—Guest Meirav H.

We Wait Before Doing Homework

We have a regular routine. My son gets to play for awhile after school, and then he sits down to do his homework each evening at 5:30. I find that the consistency really helps. Also, when there's a test coming up, we spend 15 minutes studying and reviewing the work each night.
—Guest J.D.

Doing Homework Helped!

When my son was having trouble with math, I had a bunch of work sheets copied for him to do at home. He wasn't happy about it, but he is now very good at math! Also, flashcards are an excellent teaching tool. It may be old school, but it worked on us! Plus, it can be a fun thing also. It's more fun interacting with a human than doing problems on a sheet of paper.
—Guest Dez

We Use a Big Poster for Doing Homework

I have a homework poster that I laminate or create from a dry erase board and keep on my fridge. I divide it into sections or squares containing each subject, and we use it to document all of their homework during the week. It is their responsibility to write in the squares according to each subject. (When they were younger, I wrote in the boxes for them.) If they get it done, they can write a big "X" across the square, and I compliment them on a job well done. If they don’t, they leave the box open with the assignment. Each week, we start new with the next round of assignments to be done. It's a lot of work, but I think of this as training for the real world, so it’s very important to me as a parent.
—Guest Jennifer C.

Use a Planner for Doing Homework

My son uses a planner to make sure he brings home all of his homework. Throughout the day, he knows to write down what homework he has in the planner. Then, at end of the day, he pulls out the planner and checks off each assignment as he puts the items in his backpack. For awhile, I had to force myself to let him fail and live with the consequences. I decided there would be no running back to school to get forgotten items, and I wouldn't help him with his assignments until he tried them by himself first.
—Guest Jill

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