It’s always admirable when parents help their children with homework and studying. It goes to show how involved and interested you are in your child’s life. It can certainly lead to positive consequences, like better communication within the family, more academically successful kids, and less school-related stress.
However, provided proceeding inaccurately, parents can do more harm than good. Sometimes moms and dads put too much pressure on their offspring and instead of a fun and constructive activity, homework turns into a daily chore accompanied by crying, nerves, and mutual annoyance.
There are numerous approaches developed by leading behavioral experts to help parents out, but they all require a certain level of dedication. You are welcome to research them when you have free time. Here, though, we’ve gathered several practical techniques that don’t require any preparations and are guaranteed to work 90% of the time.
1. Take breaks for physical activity. Children are notorious because their attention spans are short. If your kid begins to feel distracted, take them outside for a run or a quick game of catch. Usually, fifteen minutes of physical activity are enough to relax a child mentally, energize them and prepare for further work. Just make sure they don’t spend the break time watching TV or using your tablet.
2. Healthy snacks are a must. Sugar is vilified as harmful in the media nowadays, but the truth is that naturally occurring glucose is essential for powering the brain. Candy bars and soda should continue to be off limits. It’s better to reward kids for well done assignments and good behavior with seasonal berries and fruit.
3. Put on some background music. It has been definitively proven that suitable music relaxes humans, including young children. Their heart rate slows down and concentration levels rise. Many top-notch colleges even put on classical music during exams. Surprisingly, Baroque composers are especially good for studying, mostly due to the tempo and cadence of their works.
4. Make sure you child is getting enough sleep. Some more modern parents think that a strict curfew limits a child’s freedom. The truth is that a fatigued child is more likely to be stressed, unfocused, and, frankly speaking, annoying. Most pre-teens need at least 10 hours of sleep for their memory and cognitive processes to work properly, so make sure that bedtimes are a norm in your household.
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5. Discipline is the key. Routine and repetition are essential for a growing person. They provide them with a sense of reliability and normalcy. Do homework at the same comfortable and inviting place at the same time every day. This will allow your children to develop useful habits that will be useful to them in the future.
And whatever else you decide to try as a study approach, remember that nothing beats genuine loving atmosphere of trust and support.