Here are three ways you can help your child succeed.
- Know the teachers — and what they’re looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child’s teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved. My parents knew every teacher I ever had a strong relationship.
- Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach. Having an area that they can do homework at matters. It makes that time special and less stressful for the child.
- Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner. It also creates a routine that they can focus on.
It’s a three way partnership. The more you put in the more you get out.