Guidelines for Helping With Homework

So You Don't Work Harder Than Your Child!
by Dr. Charles Fay

aug08_gluestick3.png Set aside a time each day for family learning.

aug08_gluestick3.png Set aside at least 30 minutes, devoted to family brain cell development.
aug08_gluestick3.png During this time, there should be no TV, video games, computer games, etc.

aug08_gluestick3.png Model your own excitement for learning by reading a book, writing letters, etc.

aug08_gluestick3.png Help only when your child truly wants it.

aug08_gluestick3.png Some parents make the mistake of forcing help upon their kids. This only creates frustration, anger, and kids who believe they can't learn without their parents' help.

aug08_gluestick3.png Help only when there's an absence of anger or frustration.

aug08_gluestick3.png When either you or your child gets frustrated or angry, learning becomes associated with frustration and anger.

aug08_gluestick3.png Help only when your child can describe what the teacher said.

aug08_gluestick3.png This ensures that your child continues to believe that it's important to pay attention to teachers.

aug08_gluestick3.png Unfortunately, some kids learn that it's best to "tune-out" at school and let their parents do all of the teaching at home.

aug08_gluestick3.png Move away from your child before he/she "gets it."

aug08_gluestick3.png Some children believe they can only learn something, or "get it," when an adult is in the same room?or is guiding them every inch of the way.

aug08_gluestick3.png To prevent this dependency, avoid falling into the habit of sitting at the table as your child does their homework, especially when they are on the brink of learning something new.

Never Work Harder Than Your Child.