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Making Parental Peace With Kids' Homework
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SATURDAY, Aug. 25 (HealthDay News) -- The start of a new school year is edging closer and it might be a good idea for parents to start thinking about how they're going to deal with homework issues, one expert suggests.
"The battle is different for every family. Some children resist starting their homework, some have a hard time finishing and others do their homework -- but don't turn it in," Drew Edwards, an adjunct associate professor of psychology at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., said in a university news release.
Parents should work with their children to develop an effective system for bringing school assignments home, such as a notebook that children use to record daily homework assignments, or an assignment sheet that they take to school.
"It's important to get in the habit of writing it down and bringing it home. That will help students get in the habit of bringing home the correct textbook or other materials needed to finish their homework," Edwards said.
Here are some other tips:
Do not nag your children about their homework and do not do their homework. These are two of the biggest mistakes parents make.
"School is important but so is the relationship you have with your child. Don't let homework become an issue that harms that relationship," Edwards said.
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SOURCE: Wake Forest University, news release, July 2012