Issue #1 · created by Rosie Dunn

How to Reduce Homework Stress

Kids often complain that their schoolwork can be very hard to do, and this is one of the most common reasons for the increased rate of homework stress today. However, it is not all bad, as there are ways to reduce the amount of homework required by a student. In fact, it is important that children know how to manage their time wisely, especially with homework, since that is one of the most difficult tasks a child can do, and that's what exists for. Here are a few ways to reduce the amount of homework required:

o Home-work: Many parents today make the mistake of letting their kids do homework at home, which is a very bad idea. Doing homework at home can be very stressful for a child, and may cause unnecessary anxiety for the child. In addition, research shows that kids learn best when they are supervised or have some type of structure, such as getting ready for school in the morning, having breakfast, and so on. So, if your kids have free handwork, it is important for you to ensure they know the value of time management and how to use it to improve their quality of life later on.

o After-school program: One great way to reduce the amount of homework required is to provide them with an after-school program to help them cope with the homework load. This could involve playing with the children, being outdoors, or reading to them. If your children are at school, try to find a way to reduce the amount of after-school activities your child must do in order to meet his/her homework requirements. For instance, if they have a strict reading regiment, talk to them about other options like coloring or simply spending some time doing arts and crafts.

o Time Management Tools: A great time management tool is to keep a "to-do" list. It is best to use the everyday to-do list, but you can replace the everyday list with a list that gives them the time management tasks to complete for the week. Another tool that will help them learn time management is to set a timer for every task so they know exactly how much time they have left for the homework. And, finally, make sure that they understand the value of time management by letting them know that the more tasks they complete the more rewards they will receive.

The next step to reduce the amount of homework required for your child is to make sure they get enough sleep. Kids who are not getting enough sleep can not function properly. It is especially important for younger children because their sleep cycles do not yet fully develop. Also, it is beneficial to give them a homework mat that has things like chalk or a crayon. This will help them develop their problem-solving skills when they attempt to do homework during the night. Once they understand that doing homework does not mean they cannot sleep, they are more likely to enjoy it.

When learning how to reduce homework stress, it is important to understand that kids really need structure in their lives. Too many times, homework is the last thing a child wants. If you teach them that it is not okay to be spontaneous then they will start to be spontaneous in their day-to-day life. So make sure you provide them with plenty of structure and don't forget to reward good behavior.

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