For some, school has been in session for a couple of weeks now. And, for others, school is just starting.

The joys of purchasing new school supplies and excitement of beginning the new school year is upon us. Teachers, parents and students are adjusting to the new school schedules. The buildings and teachers and even some of the subjects have changed since parents were in school themselves. But one thing is still the same: homework. Some school kids "thrive" on doing homework; they think it’s fun. Others, however, have a tougher time.

When homework becomes a chore, here are some suggestions for parents to help their child develop good study habits:

• Develop a positive attitude about helping the child. Let the child become your teacher at home. Doing homework together is an opportunity for the parent to continue expressing the care and affection they have for the child. Plus, kids still like showing off what they're learning to adults at home.

• Develop a routine for when homework is done. Some children may need to play for a while when they get home; others want to do their homework right away so they'll have free time later.

Either way is fine, but parents must encourage consistency regarding the time children are expected to do their homework.

• If the adult assisting with homework completion is a patient helper, your child will be more willing to collaborate with you. Consider offering a small incentive for homework completion, such dessert, a snack or screen time.

• Identify a location that works best for the child to do homework. Some children need a quiet place, perhaps in a bedroom or back room of the house. Others can do homework on the kitchen table or even in front of the television. Whatever works for that child is fine. That's something parents can help decide.

While homework is part of the total school experience, it's a smaller part of life. When parents believe their child is bringing home too much work from school, they need to take their concerns to the teacher. Other activities in the child's life are important, too, such as a child's relationship with his or her family.

For more information about parenting and youth development needs, contact the Nebraska Extension Platte County Office at 402-563-4901 or visit the website at www.extension.unl.edu.

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