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Problem Solved! Tactics for easing homework challenges

In this week’s Triple P blogspot, we discuss ways to make homework time easier on the whole family.

As school settles in for the fall season, many kindergarteners and elementary school children are heading home with homework packets in their backpacks. For some parents (and students), this is their first go-around with homework. For some children, it is an exciting chance to show their parents what they are working on at school. For others, it signals the start of endless protests from reluctant children who would rather do anything but finish their homework.

The amount of homework, as well as type of work they do, and even the day it gets sent home is going to vary from school to school. But developing good study habits and a reliable homework routine for your child to follow are important steps in setting them up for academic success.

Success Starts at Home

It’s true that some children race through their homework packet, eager to get it done so they can play and relax after school. Others, depending on their after-school activities, may have to squeeze in homework after a long day of school, dance lessons, dinner. . . Before you know it, it’s bedtime!

If possible, consider what you want your homework routine to look like before that first homework packet comes home:

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This article is brought to you by Parenting Now! Parenting Educators and authors Amanda Bedortha, Claire Davis, and Lynne Swartz and consultant Jay Thompson ( 

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