Decreasing Frustration During Homework Time

Becoming your child’s teacher is no easy feat for any parent. Our children are often frustrated, and this frustration can be contagious. This blog will help you with some strategies to decrease frustration for you and your child while you work on schoolwork.

(1) Realize that you both are on the same team

  • Children often feel that their parents are against them when they’re working on homework. It’s a task that they hate and it gets even worse if they need to be corrected. It can make a major difference for you to sit with your child and coach them through the problem rather than just telling them what they’re doing wrong. It may seem like a waste of time up front, but taking this approach won’t take up any more of your time than your child’s whining and crying and it can be a real relationship builder

(2) Use errorless teaching strategies

  • Errorless teaching will decrease your child’s frustration because it will allow them opportunities for success and decrease how often you need to correct them for being incorrect. To use errorless teaching, you would jump in and assist if your child isn’t heading toward a correct answer within 3-5 seconds. If you’re working on sight words, you could show the card, tell them what word is on the card, and then have them repeat it. Make sure to provide even more enthusiastic praise when they answer without needing your help

  • With math problems, you can work on building up their fluency with simple math problems on flash cards, or you could stay nearby and jump in and help if they are struggling

(3) Use mistakes as teaching opportunities

  • Nobody likes to just be told they are wrong, and a frustrated child epitomizes this! If your child is incorrect, try to use gentle phrasing like “Let’s try that again,” “not quite,” or “let me show you how I would do it.” Then sit down and show them how you could complete it. Then have them practice

(4) Give your child some time to breath

  • When your child completes a difficult task, give them a few minutes to rest their mind. This could be a great time to have a snack, squeeze in some movement time, or just sit around and chat. Providing breaks will make future work less frustrating because your child will know that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel

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