Doing homework is one way for your kid to learn about work and responsibility. In truth, it is not actually done by schools to make the life of your kid a living hell at home, it is there to help your kids learn to be responsible at a young age. Thus, it is important that you show your kids that they should do their homework alone with minimal help.
Of course, this does not mean that you should just let your kids do the homework on their own without any help whatsoever from you. The operative word here is minimal. This means that majority of the work involved should come from your child. The only thing that parents should do is to monitor their progress and to be on hand should they have questions or should they be confused about something.
Unfortunately, most parents do not have the time to do this. Instead of letting their kids do their assignments on their own, they finish it themselves to speed things up. This is because most parents either do not have the time or the patience to check on their children’s work. Often, they can only devote an hour or two for their kids and this is not enough to finish all their home works and also to study for exams. What happens is this: moms do their kids’ home works in the presence of their kids in the hopes that their kids will learn how they answered it.
Although kids can learn this way and eventually know how to answer the problems, it is not a good way to teach your children about responsibility and duty. This only shows children that there are shortcuts to life and that they can ask other people to do their work for them. When they get used to this kind of routine they will not study anymore and care about their assignments. After all, they know that you will be there to do their assignments for them.
Another mistake of parents is letting their kids know that you feel that they have too much assignments. This is done by parents who have too much to do and find the time spent on the tons of assignments frustrating and irritating. Complaining in front of your kids about how much work they have is not setting a good example for them. Even though you feel that they have been given too many, don’t allow them to hear you. Take the issue to the school administrators and teachers and discuss this with them. If you keep letting your children hear about your complaints, they will grow up to be complainers. They will not accept a job with hard work involved because they will feel that it is not their due.
How you help your kids with their home works does not only impact their grades or their performance in school; it also affects the way they will grow up and approach work in the future. By allowing them to work independently on their assignments, accept the work as it is and just do it; and still find the fun in them, they will grow to be successful go-getters and workers with excellent work ethics.
They can even be great leaders and parents through your example.