I still enjoy the old commercial from an office supply company where the father is gliding through the store with a happy expression on his face. The background music playing: “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.” The gist of the commercial is that parents are happy now that the kids are going back to school. But for many families, back to school time equals back to worry and argument time. Homework is coming. The biggest reason tends to be because of what DOESN’T happen during summer: Homework. As a licensed counselor and parenting expert, I have works with hundreds of such families. Their situations are always stressful. But if the parents are willing to make some changes to how they deal with homework time, the likelihood of a calmer, more productive homework time is very high.
These 5 ways to make homework time more productive will help immensely.
1. Take It Seriously, But Don’t Take It Personally
2. Try Giving Advice Differently
3. Talk Less, Respond More
4. Praise, But Not Too Much
5. Pick The Right Leadership Style
I go into much more detail about each of these in my book: Homework – A Parent’s Guide To Helping Out Without Freaking Out!