Too Exhausted for Homework?

A Parent’s Perspective

Focus and self-control — I’ll venture to guess that most parents want to increase these skills in themselves, not only their kids.  But the great thing is that, when we promote these skills in our kids, we often exercise them too, offering kids a learn-by-example moment in the process. I understand how hard learning can be, and I get that doing homework can sometimes be a chore particularly for all those older kids. But school is important and if your kid is struggling then you can easily use something like essay help online to give them just that little bit extra guidance so that they can push on in their schooling career.

My six-year-old daughter often has trouble buckling down to do her homework. We usually have a back and forth. She claims she’s “exhausted.” We’ve tried websites such as do my math homework to try and help her out and they really have helped her! I want her to succeed and do well at school. I regularly make her do tests and then use http://gradecam.com/tools/formative-assessment/ to grade it for me, it saves so much time! I do feel as though I’m pushing her a bit too hard at times… But I’ve noticed that often, after school, what she really wants is a moment of attention from me, doing anything-helping me cook, showing me a book she brought from school, or a new move she learned at dance. I’ve come to realize that what she needs is to take a break from school for a moment, be with me, and then ease back into homework. I also see how instrumental I am in helping her gather her attentional energies.  It is interesting that by slowing down and focusing, she becomes re-energized.

Share your thoughts: what are some strategies you use to help your child (or yourself) focus?

Michelle Morales focuses her attention daily on being a mom, a psychology major at NYU, and an intern at Families and Work Institute.