Tips for Avoiding Homework Battles

Avoid Homework Battles

Question: Can you give me some tips on avoiding the nightly homework battle with my second-grader?

Answer: Most homework battles are about the time homework needs to begin. This should be set in stone. A contract between parent and child can resolve most homework battles. You can find a sample contract on our Web site under the “Skill Builders” section in Resources. If you use a contract, include very few terms at first.

Beyond using a homework contract, make it a point to give help only when it is requested. You don’t want to have homework battles harm the relationship between you and your child. Try to settle this issue now before it becomes a running battle over the years.

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