School Stressors—Homework October Newsletter
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I Hate Homework!


Child: I don’t want to do my homework!
Parent: You spend more time complaining about your homework than doing it!
Child: This will take all night. I’m not going to do it!
Parent: You’re just lazy!

Bad scene. Sound familiar? How miserable are you and your child, fighting everyday about homework? Do you feel that you are back in school, sitting daily with him to finish his homework? Some kids come right home and do their homework, or even finish it before they leave school. Others procrastinate, avoid, and then cram at the last minute, grumbling that there’s too much and it’s not fair.

Think about your daily schedule: you wake up early, make breakfast, get the kids ready for school, run carpool duty, go to work, pick up the kids, take them to sports, bring them home, make dinner, start a load of wash, throw the wash in the dryer, help your kids do homework, get them ready for bed, read them a story and then lights out. When is there time for you? Ever feel trapped and overwhelmed?

Have you thought about your child also being overwhelmed? With all his/her extra-curricular activities and busy schedule, coming home to homework may create a similar feeling. Try this Activity to help him reduce the clutter and the overwhelming feeling in his mind.

Get Rid of the Clutter Homework Activity

Sure Ways to Complete Homework

  • Establish a time and place for homework.
  • Together, create a working space, free of distractions.
  • Turn off the TV.
  • Make an organizational chart. Commitment for follow-through for you and your child is important. Review Chapter 5, Do It!, for organizational chart templates. Rewards based on chart results are often helpful.
  • Remember, it’s his homework, not yours.
  • His job is to do the work and face the consequences if he fails to do what’s expected. You need to determine ahead of time what the consequences will be if he doesn’t do the work. Don’t spring a surprise.

Stay tuned for the next part of School Stressors–Tests!

With love and gratitude,

Lynn Fishman Hellerstein, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO

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