Now that school is back in session, homework can be a major source of stress for both kids and parents.
For an easier afternoon with less frustration, child psychologist Kate Eshleman suggests starting homework right after school, allowing just 30 minutes for a snack and time to relax.
"Establish the routine right away and make sure the kids know what the expectation is," Eshleman said. "Just like with homework, with everything else, the kids need to do what they have to do before they get to do what they want to do."
She also says a good rule of thumb is to do 10 minutes of homework per grade level. So, a third grader, for example, would do up to 30 minutes of homework a day.
If you think your child is spending too much time on homework, Eshleman suggests talking to the teacher to find out why it's taking so long to complete.
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