Parenting Articles about School & Homework

Articles from the experts at Empowering Parents to help you escape from "homework hell" and get your child back on track at school.
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Positive Parenting: 5 Rules to Help You Deal with Negative Child Behavior More Positively

Positive Parenting: 5 Rules to Help You Deal with Negative Child Behavior More Positively

Do your kids drive you crazy? If you were asked to describe them, after saying, He's a good kid, but... would you use words like “defiant,” “whiny,” “unmotivated,” “disrespectful,” “angry,” or “demanding,” with a few positives sprinkled in? If the negatives loom larger in your mind than the positives, the first thing to realize is that this is natural. We parents are human after all, which means we tend to look for what’s wrong with our offspring so that we can focus on what we should “fix” in them. Somehow this calms us down; we believe we are improving their chances of long-term survival in an often difficult world.

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Child Losing Steam? How to Keep Kids and Teens Motivated at School

Child Losing Steam? How to Keep Kids and Teens Motivated at School

Is your child or teen fighting with you every step of the way lately, from refusing to get up on time in the morning, to complaining about homework at night? For so many families out there, this time of year is really tough. Your kids are tired, their teachers are tired, the winter has dragged on, and the end of the school year seems nowhere in sight.

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Parent the Child You Have, Not the Child You Wish You Had

Parent the Child You Have, Not the Child You Wish You Had

As soon as you knew you were having children, you probably began to dream about who they were going to be, how they might be like you, and hoped they would be successful in life. You may have wanted your child to be into football or academics, but then reality set in. You found that your son didn’t really like sports, and your daughter didn’t have much interest in school.The truth is, one day many of us wake up and realize that our children are just different than what we expected.

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Afraid Your Child Won't Make It in the Real World? How to Help Your Child Transition to Adulthood

Afraid Your Child Won't Make It in the Real World? How to Help Your Child Transition to Adulthood

Karen hasn’t slept through the night in years—she’s too worried about her son Mason making it through high school. He tried two different schools and now takes online classes, but that's not working, either. Karen has resorted to sitting with him for three hours every night (after coming home from her full-time job) to help him through his homework. She’s given up trying to make him take the ACT or SAT tests for college. Karen’s just focused on one goal—Mason graduating from high school. She’s not sure what will come after that.

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“My Child Refuses to Do Homework.” Here’s How to Stop the Struggle

My Child Refuses to Do Homework. Heres How to Stop the Struggle

Do you get sucked into a fight over homework with your child every night? So many parentstell methat this is one of their top struggles with their kids. If you're dealing with this now, you probably dread saying the words, Okay, time to do your homework, because you know what's coming next — screaming, stomping, book-throwing and slammed doors. Or it might simply be hours of dealing with your complaining, whining ornoncompliant child or teenwho just hates to do the work. Even though you reason, lecture, nag and yell, nothing seems to change — and each night turns into a battlewith no victors.

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I Hate School! What Can I Do When My Child Refuses to Go to School?

I Hate School! What Can I Do When My Child Refuses to Go to School?

If you’re like most parents, you probably take the responsibility of getting your kids to school very seriously and get angry and frustrated when they refuse to go. This can easily turn into a power struggle if you feel this is a “battle” you have to “win.” It’s all too easy to react to your own anxiety and emotions about the situation rather than acting in a well-planned, effective way that will get you (and your child) where they want to be.

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Young Kids at School: 4 Top Issues That Cause a Rocky Start

Young Kids at School: 4 Top Issues That Cause a Rocky Start

The beginning of a new school year can be a mixed blessing for parents:you might be relievedthat your child is back in a routine and you no longer are organizing all that down time, as well as dread if you have a child who struggles in school. If your young child has had a rocky start to the school year, you are not alone! The following suggestions can help you get your child on the right track right from the beginning—even if they've already stumbled.

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Does Your Child Challenge Authority? 4 Things Parents Can Do

Does Your Child Challenge Authority? 4 Things Parents Can Do

Does it ever feel like your child or teenager has an answer for everything—and usually takes the exact opposite position on what you’ve just said? Many kids struggle with authority, and have trouble following limits or rules, complying with requests and or generally are disrespectful to others in society. Some wear their defiance on their sleeves and are angry in their refusal (How dare you tell me what to do?!). Others are more subtle and simply “dig their heels in.”

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How to Prepare Your Child with Special Needs for the Back to School Transition

How to Prepare Your Child with Special Needs for the Back to School Transition

My sonwas the “bad kid” in class, which stacked up negatives against him.The teachers watched for his behaviors and quickly got on his case, even if everyone else was engaged in the same activity.As a result, he had to spend a lot of his limited energy for school on reducing the teachers’ stress about having him in their class.

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Why School is Hard for Kids with ADHD—and How You Can Help

Why School is Hard for Kids with ADHD—and How You Can Help

Nearly one in ten kids has ADHD, which means practically every classroom in America will have one to three kids with the disorder. That’s a lot of impulsivity, distractibility, hyperactivity and organizational/planning issues in one room. It’s also a lot of potential for behavioral challenges, conflicts and concerns, creating a perfect storm of issues for kids with ADHD and ADD—and the teachers responsible for educating them.

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7 Ways to Stop the Parent-Child Power Struggle Over Homework

7 Ways to Stop the Parent-Child Power Struggle Over Homework

Do you find yourself in full-on homework battles most nights of the week? It’s no surprise that mostchildren and teenswill dig in their heels when it comes to doing schoolwork. Think of it this way: How many kids want to do something that isn’t particularly exciting or pleasant? Most would prefer to be playing video games, riding their bikes or driving around with friends, especially after a long day of school and activities.

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Reduce Homework Hassles with these Simple Tips

Reduce Homework Hassles with these Simple Tips

Homework can be difficult for most kids during the school year, but it can become a major challenge when you have a child with ADHD. But here’s some good news for exhausted parents: if you take the right steps now, at the beginning of the school year, homework hassles can be kept to a minimum. The key is to be organized and plan ahead to minimize the frustration your child is bound to experience around multiple homework assignments. Begin by tackling the two most important places: school and home.

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10 Ways to Motivate Your Child to Do Better in School

10 Ways to Motivate Your Child to Do Better in School

Do you have a child who comes home with failing grades year after year—or straight C’s when you know he could get A’s? You assume, based on his abilities, that he should be more successful in school. It’s enough to drive you crazy—especially because you know how important it is for him to do well so he can get into college some day—or even just graduate.

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5 Back To School Tips for Your ADD or ADHD Child

5 Back To School Tips for Your ADD or ADHD Child

The start of a new school year will be here before we know it—and for some ADD/ADHD kids and their parents, this time is often associated with added anxiety and stress. For children and teens with ADD or ADHD, summer can be a much–needed and most–appreciated break, with many taking a “drug holiday” from their medications and enjoying the freedom from school schedules and homework.

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