Back to School: Homework Stress – Homework Frustration

It is official, school is open in Broward, Dade and Palm Beach Counties.  Summer is over, sleeping in time is gone as school begins and your homework assignments roll in.

With more teenagers feeling the stress, some parents are concerned about their teens wanting to drop out of school and get a GED.  Years ago getting a GED was related to having legal issues or possibly you are physically not able to attend school.  However today, GED’s are becoming more prevalent.

Although GED‘s can be frowned upon today, many are left with no other choice.  Most parents want their teenager to graduate with a High School Diploma.

Before your teen gets stressed out or frustrated with their homework and research projects, let’s offer them some tips to help them have a productive and successful school year – in school.

8 Ways Parents Can Help With Homework:

1. Offer encouragement.
Give your child praise for efforts and for completing assignments.

2. Be available.
Encourage your child to do the work independently, but be available for assistance.

3. Maintain a schedule. Establish a set time to do homework each day. You may want to use a calendar to keep track of assignments and due dates.

4. Designate space. Provide a space for homework, stocked with necessary supplies, such as pencils, pens, paper, dictionaries, a computer, and other reference materials.

5. Provide discipline
. Help your child focus on homework by removing distractions, such as television, radio, telephone, and interruptions from siblings and friends.

6. Be a role model. Consider doing some of your work, such as paying bills or writing letters, during your child’s homework time.

7. Be supportive. Talk to your child about difficulties with homework. Be willing to talk to your child’s teacher to resolve problems in a positive manner.

8. Involvement.
Familiarize yourself with the teacher’s homework policy. Make sure that you and your child understand the teacher’s expectations. At the beginning of the year, you may want to ask your child’s teacher these questions: What kinds of assignments will you give? How often do you give homework? How much time are the students expected to spend on them? What type of involvement do you expect from parents?

Sources: Chicago Public Schools, Connect with Kids, The Apple

Be an educated parent; your teens will have a better school year!

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