Years later, homework is still stressing parents out

Parents, do you remember your college days of pulling all-nighters and binging on Starbucks coffee to finish a homework assignment? Well, if you’ve been wanting to relive that stress, look no further than your child's homework. 

The New York Times recently reported that children are not the only ones feeling the stress of homework. During a research study, parents acknowledged feeling inadequate when they were unable to help their children with their homework and that stress and tension levels among the family increased because of this. Another stressor was the parents’ desire to be more involved with their child’s academic life, but differences in skills, educational levels and temperaments made this hard to achieve. 

In the book The Learning Habit, Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman suggests that parents take on the roles of mentors and supporters rather than teachers and/or tutors when it comes to homework. Donald-Pressman also encourages parents to talk with their childs’ teacher if their child is having difficulty or spending too much time on homework. 

Parents should be advocating for their children and we can’t do that effectively if we all are stressed out about history homework.  

How do you deal with homework stress?

Ev Petgrave enjoys making her four-year-old girl take embarrassing photos, and when she’s not doing that, she’s writing, doing techy stuff or traveling the world.

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