- Have patience – with them and yourself
- Communicate with teachers often about everything – including emotional behavior of you child
- Have a designated work area for your child – distraction free is best but for one of my boys having a “school buddy” plush actually helped concentration.
- Set time limits for work to be completed – a full schedule can be overwhelming for everyone – set small time frames to complete individual assignments
- Make sure to take breaks (you and the children) – go outside, watch a 30 minute cartoon show, something to give your brains a break
- Learn with them instead of just teaching them – its been many years for most of us and there are new techniques. Learn with them may make the assignment easier on both of you.
- Over schedule you or the children – too many meetings and calls will limit the actual work time
- Set unrealistic expectations – this is a new adventure for everyone don’t set the bar too high
- Dictate what work they will do – review the agenda and plan the work
- Force things – some days just are not good work days and that okay.
- Be too hard on bad grades – as long as they put effort into the work the grade will come in time
- Don’t forget this is a challenge for all of us involved – student, teacher, parents – give grace