...Every parent's been there, trying to separate his homework-procrastinating child from today's endless world of distractions. And with cell phones, Blackberries, sidekicks, TV, video games, iPods and the Internet, it's harder now than ever.
Now, Fort Thomas Schools is offering some help. For the first time, the district is sponsoring a homework seminar for parents. It's set for Wednesday at Highlands Middle School...
...The program will discuss expectations for homework completion, homework completion strategies, and study strategies. It will also discuss how to encourage students to complete homework, how to develop good study habits, how to determine how much help to give, and how to develop student responsibility.
Among advice [Patrick Richardson, a district staff psychologist] offers:
Be consistent. An established routine will help students, already saddled with busy schedules, settle down to focus on their homework.
Be active. Know the details of your child's homework each day, and be aggressive about ensuring it not only gets done, but gets done right.
...no distractions. No Nintendo, TV, phones, those types of things...
This from the Cincinnati Post.