When I was a kid, my working mom rarely helped me with my homework. She came home exhausted well after 5 p.m., which isn't exactly the recipe for homework success. Most of the time, I worked it out on my own and paid the consequences if something wasn't done right.
Keep books and spelling lists in the family car, so your kids can read or study on their way to sports practice or while running errands.
2. Turn to techFaceTime, Skype, and Google
Hangouts are just a few of the ways you can connect with your child when you're at work during homework time. You can even set a daily 'date' to go over any questions.
3. Set aside time in the morning
Just about everyone is exhausted at the end of the day, and tackling homework is the last thing anyone wants to do. For some families, mornings are a much better time. Your energy levels are higher and you may be better able to focus.
4. Have kids work while you cook
Try having kids do their homework while you're cooking dinner, so by the time the food is ready, so is the homework. If they need help, you're right there.
Deploy your older children to help their younger siblings in your absence
6. Sign up for an after-school program
Lots of working parents enroll their kids in after-school programs, in part to ensure that homework is done within close proximity to an adult who can answer questions. Make it a rule that homework must be completed before playtime. You can let the supervisors know that you want your child to focus on homework for 30 minutes first, before other activities.
7. Provide an incentive
Create a new house rule: by the time you arrive home from work, homework must be done or the kids aren't allowed to play video games or watch TV.
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