Frequent headaches, stomach problems, lack of sleep, and fatigue are common in today’s children. These are symptoms of stress. If you find any of these in your child, then, your child may be facing some kind of stress.
‘Homework stress’ is a frequent occurrence among school children. Excessive homework and the stress to complete it on time can have negative effects on your child’s health.
What are the exact problems that stress your child?
Does she lack the homework skills required to finish the homework by herself? Or is the homework too much to be completed on time? Once, you have identified the reasons you will know how to help her out.
Follow these five simple tips to make this happen:
Don’t restrict the study time and place
Every child has a unique way of studying. Some prefer a quiet place to concentrate on their homework, others may feel sleepy if left alone. Children may also need your presence to prepare well. Don’t force her to stick to the study table for finishing the homework. Every child can study well in a particular part of the day. If she prefers finishing her homework after dinner then let her do that. Give them the liberty to choose the time and place to complete their homework. This will keep them relaxed. Tip: Serve dinner earlier than usual!
Give them a break after each homework session
Continuous hours of study can be tiring for children. Let them take a break while doing their homework. Give them nutritional snacks; talk to them about the day’s class or let them simply relax. Continuing homework after such breaks can be refreshing. You can reduce your child’s stress by simplifying the homework or increasing her productivity.
Encourage your child
Academic achievements are very important, but don’t let it overpower her routine lifestyle. Encourage every small accomplishment of your child. Be it a class assignment or a hobby she has learnt. Gift them their favourite toys or take them out to a movie. Happy times spent with family have positive effects on the child’s mental health.
Get her enough sleep
Lack of sleep affects growth hormones and may have adverse effects. Ask your child to finish homework much before bedtime. Don’t let the homework stress disturb the child’s sleep. At times, the child’s brain is too tired and she may not be able to concentrate. Let them sleep as long as it does not unduly affect their regular sleep routine.
Seek help of tutors, if necessary
All children are unique. Their ability to grasp concepts however differ. One child may understand complex science or math problems quickly while others may need extra focus and explanation. If your child misses a particular class, then she may not understand follow-up classes and this may lead to more homework stress. No one can understand your child better than you. If they need extra attention, then you should hire good tutors or enrol them in online courses.
So, what are governmental agencies doing to solve this problem? The National Education Association (NEA) and the National PTA (NPTA) support a standard of “10 minutes of homework per grade level.” Accordingly, a 1st standard child should not be given homework that takes more than 10 mins to complete. The question however, remains – “Are the educational institutions following this rule?”
We just shared five tips from our experts for parents to reduce the child’s homework stress. What do you think? Write to us about other useful tips that you follow to reduce homework stress.