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How can I encourage my child to do her nightly homework?

Michele Borba
Psychology

I have a behavior makeover to help you handle those homework battles.

Check with the teacher throughout the year so you're clear on her homework expectations. The general rule is 10 minutes per grade level. Set aside a special place for your child to work. Then stock it with necessary supplies - pens, pencils, paper, ruler, dictionary. It will help your child be organized and they'll be no more excuses. Maintain a firm, serious attitude about effort. Your child needs to know that homework is a priority in your home. Enforce one rule consistently homework first, then play (or TV or phone calls) Realize that your role is a helper, not a doer. Once you get your role straight your battles are half over.

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