Working moms have the best of both worlds; we get to work and be parents! However, it can be quite a rush when evening time rolls around and dinner, homework, and bedtime approach rather quickly. Homework is especially an important but difficult time because everyone is already tired, but it still needs done. Here are 10 homework tips for the working mom.
1. Create a schedule and a timeframe in which the homework should be done in. This will give everyone peace of mind.
2. Prioritize what needs done first. Is there demanding homework that your child needs to work on first? If so, help them with that first so there’s less pressure later.
3. Know how your child learns. Another tip for helping your kids with their homework is knowing how they learn. Maybe they complete their homework better in a room by themselves.
4. Don’t be afraid to work on big projects together. This can be an awesome bonding experience for you and your child.
5. Do your “homework” as your children do theirs! Everyone sitting at the table at the same time can create unity.
6. Turn the TV and electronic off. Although your time in the evening is limited, while the kids do their homework, it is wise to turn off the television and the electronics.
7. Take a break for fun. For some kids, a lot of their evening is filled with homework. It’s okay to take a break together and enjoy a snack. Try not to make homework time stressful!
8. Rewarding is key. Let’s say your kids actually do their homework, don’t give you a hard time, and bring home good grades, and don’t be afraid to reward them. Rewarding is always a GREAT thing to recognize positive behavior.
9. Communicate with the teacher and your child. Since time is so limited, make sure the teacher is available to answer any questions you may have. Never be afraid to communicate with your child’s teacher, but also respect their “after hours” boundaries.
10. Teach responsibility as far as managing homework goes, this will help you be less stressed as a working mom.
Since it’s easy to get so stressed out after a long day at work, following these tips can help keep the home a stress-free “homework” environment.
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