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Homework Headquarters for Kids

Child doing her homework at a desk in her bedroom.

For many families, one of the best ways to tackle this inevitable madness is to establish a daily routine. A dedicated homework headquarter space in your home will ensure completed homework and well-rested children – and parents.

Doing homework at the same time every day is important, even if it is for less than an hour. Little and often makes homework not as bad. You can even assign your child a weekly goal – let’s say five hours of homework – and let them decide when they would rather get it done, in fewer but longer homework sessions or in many shorter on

It’s important to find a neat, distraction-free space in your house for your child to focus on homework. Keep a homework caddy nearby fully stocked with pens, pencils, markers, crayons, paint, glue, scissors…whatever tools you may need to keep your child productively working on his or her homework. A clock near the workstation will help your child stay focused and can help with setting goals – “do homework for the next twenty minutes and you may have a snack of your choice,” for example. 

Praise your child for accomplished goals or good work. Have a space where you can hang up their best works of art or perfect spelling tests. It will help them realize at an early age just how important it is to take pride in one’s own work and do your best in school. Homework can be boring, but you can make it a little less so by incentivizing your child’s homework time and establishing a clean space for him or her to work productively and creatively. 

Finally, discuss with your child what they’ve learned. Let them explain concepts, facts, history, math, etc. to you. Have them summarize stories they are reading and how they might like the stories to continue and end. If they were writing the story, what might they have changed, and so on….

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About the Author: Yvonne Wonder

As the founder and managing director of Destination Sitters, LLC, a national hotel and event babysitting service, and the mother of two children, I strongly believe that family comes first. I personally needed babysitting when I moved to San Diego 14 years ago. Like most parents, I assumed there were standards for temporary babysitting; in reality, there are no state standards or licensing requirements for temporary babysitting. The idea for Destination Sitters was born! I wanted to Give Parents Peace of Mind® when traveling with their children, so I created strict screening requirements for the sitters we refer. There is nothing like the peace of mind that comes from getting great professional help to care for your children, especially when traveling away from home. I and my partners, along with our office staff, have that one goal in mind with everything we do. Through the years of working with children, I have been inspired to write three books, and this blog for parents’ and children’s wellbeing. I believe the best way to teach a child is leading by example, with love, honesty, integrity, compassion, perseverance, and personal responsibility. Learning these values and teaching children that all women and men are equal will encourage them to dream big to be anything they want to be! An entrepreneur for over 35 years, I previously spent years running a construction and design company with two offices in California and built million-dollar estates and remodeled existing ones. For three and half years, I was one of the primary designers on HGTV’s Curb Appeal. I have also been published in books, magazines and newspapers, and have been a featured designer in multiple showcase houses.

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