Homework Tips for Parents

Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows kids that what they do is important.

Of course, helping with homework shouldn't mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging kids to take a break. And who knows? Parents might even learn a thing or two!


  • Make yourself aware of the school’s and individual teacher’s homework policies.
  • Students should be writing assignments and due dates in their planner. Remind your child to do this and check his/her planner daily.
  • Set up a specific time and place for your child to do homework and review daily class work.
  • Try to be available during homework time.
  • Avoid unnecessary distractions such as phone calls, TV, or music during homework time.
  • Have school supplies available (pencils, pens, paper, dictionary, ruler, etc.).
  • DON’T do your child’s homework for him/her! If there is a problem, work through an example with them.
  • If your child is having continued problems with homework, make an appointment to meet with the teacher(s).
  • Look at your child’s returned papers to check progress and give praise for a job well done or signs of improvement.
  • Provide reading materials or extra work in needed areas if no homework is given.
  • Estimated daily homework time = 10 minutes of homework X grade level of student.