Help Your Kids with Homework

Make homework manageable by establishing daily routines and positive "self- talk" strategies. Here's where to start.


Filed Under: Homework and Test Help, ADHD Expert Tips

Don't nag! Do you find yourself constantly asking in exasperation, "Have you done your homework yet?" Take yourself out of the nagging role by making a positive statement, such as, "You can go play with your friends (or watch your favorite TV show, have a root beer, and so on) after your homework is done."

To avoid battles, establish a routine in which homework is done at the same time each day.

From "Right-Brained Children in a Left-Brained World," by Jeffrey Freed and Laurie Parsons


When you help your child with homework, you may model "thinking out loud" or "self-talk" by verbalizing each logical step needed to solve a problem or to complete a task. The child not only learns that it is okay to talk to himself while working; he also learns a process, asking questions of what the next step is, and telling himself, "What I need to do next is... " Having such a dialogue appears to help the child who otherwise tends to rush through homework. The self-talk technique is especially useful in doing math problems and while writing.

From "Power Parenting for Children with ADD/ADHD," by Grad L. Flick, Ph.D.

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