Health Tip: Balance Homework With Down Time

Health Tip: Balance Homework With Down Time

Health Tip: Balance Homework With Down Time

Do what works for your child

(HealthDay News) -- Developing healthy homework habits can help your child succeed in school. But be sure to reserve time for exercise and play.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:

  • Designate a quiet, well-lit space where your child can do homework without distraction.
  • Place all needed supplies (paper, pencils, etc.) within easy reach.
  • Figure out the time of day that works best for your child. Some children may want to get it done as soon as they get home from school, while others need a short break before tackling homework.
  • Designate rules for homework, such as no video games until homework is finished. This will help motivate your child to get homework done.
  • If your child prefers, sit with your child during homework. Offer help when needed, but don't do the homework for the child.
  • Let your child guide himself or herself in getting homework done, rather than trying to dictate tasks.
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