Aug 272015
 
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Tips For Making Homework Less Stressful

Homework has a way of being incredibly stressful on the whole family; however, there are things you can do to make it a whole lot less nerve-racking. Here are some tips for making homework time less stressful on the whole family.

Plan Ahead

It’s always nice to know what kind of homework will be coming home and when. I always try and communicate with the teacher when it comes to homework. Most teachers send an idea of what will be coming down the pipeline, which helps us prepare. It’s also nice to know if homework won’t be assigned on a particular day because this could be made into a “special” day!

Rewards are Always Welcome

Think about how many times in a day adult’s award themselves with something. It’s time to allow kids to award themselves for a job well done too! A week without fighting about homework? Let them pick their prize! Choose a reward system that works for your family and stick with it.

Stay on Schedule

It’s easy to remain stress free about homework when you know when it’s going to be done. Staying on schedule at a specific time with homework can help make this process a lot less stressful. Pick a time during the week that works every night. When a child knows what time they will be doing their homework it also takes a lot of guesswork out of their day. They know at 6 o’clock they’ll be doing homework so there’s no need to even question it.

Stay Calm

Homework can be stressful for the whole family because kids are learning at such a rapid rate. Staying calm can help ensure this time of the day goes without adding any sort of stress. If you feel yourself getting worked up, take some time out and compose yourself.

Keeping these things in mind will help us ease back into the school routine and the kids will be ready to rock their homework.  Once their homework is done, both of my boys love to unwind by watching a little tv & hey, I think after learning all day, they’ve earned it. Plus, with a little help from some awesome Netflix TV shows and movies, it will help me ease them back into the education mindset while disguised as fun!  Boom!

Not sure what to watch? Check out this list of kids movies and TV shows to stream on Netflix.

For older kids, put a fun spin on the stuff they’re dreading — math homework, spelling tests, science reports — the brand new Project Mc² Netflix Original Series, premiering on Aug. 7 proves smart is the hottest BTS trend. The show features four supercool teen spies who show how girls can use their science smarts and math problem-solving skills to save the world. Total #SmartGirl inspo! Catch a first look here.

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And the offspring of favorite fairytale characters in Ever After High’s new Way Too Wonderland adventure (debuting Aug. 14) empower kids to write their own life stories. Whether Royal or Rebel, your actions, behaviors and choices are your own to make.

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Get the little ones ready for new experiences with shows like the Netflix original Dinotrux from DreamWorks, premiering Aug. 14 — prehistoric hybrid dinosaur-construction vehicles team-up to use their different skills to solve problems and show that even the most uncommon of duos, like Ty-Rux and Revvit, can form friendships of a lifetime.

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They can also go anywhere and be anything by letting their imaginations soar on a Reading Rainbow journey, now available to stream.

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What are you streaming on Netflix this month?

Note: I am a member of the Netflix StreamTeam.  As part of the #streamteam, I have received product and complimentary service, but all opinions are 100% my own. 

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  1. Great tips and advice for homework. Seriously even as an ex teacher, I am not a fan as much as I see the benefits so always good to have a plan of attack for it.

  2. Homework time can definitely be stressful. I like the idea of planning ahead. I’ll have to talk with the teacher and see what’s coming up. Staying on schedule also helps us! Great tips, thanks for sharing!

  3. These are great tips. I remember several meltdowns over homework. I just started watching Daredevil on Netflix.

  4. Yes, I needed these tips. I’m going to definitely use it to help the boychld.

  5. These are some great tips thanks. We are getting ready to go back to school soon and these will be a great help for us.

  6. Great tips for homework! I just started rewetting Heroes on Netflix!

    xo Bree
    http://bree-west.com

    • I agree, they are great tips. I just started using Netflix and I have found a lot of shows I want to watch.

  7. These are great tips! Homework can be so stressful. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  8. Good tips. Homework time is always super stressful. Everyone ends up mad and yelling or crying.

  9. lucky your school is so in touch with the parents . i have asked repeatedly for syllabus for my son’s classes (8th grade) they simply will not supply them. “this is the way we do things” is so not working for me!

    • Ugh! It’s so annoying when teachers have this attitude. It’s usually because they’re not organized enough.

  10. We are totally rewatching Supernatural at the moment, I have to admit I never fail to enjoy it. x

  11. Stay calm and stay scheduled are the ones I live by! Here we go with the new year!

  12. I love my Netflix. I just finished watching Young & Hungry as well as Melissa & Joey. I swear Netflix should just hire me to watch TV and promote. I am now watching last season of True Blood.

  13. Keeping a schedule was always helpful for getting my kids to do homework. Especially because they have ADHD.

  14. Oh wow! Reading Rainbow!!! To heck with the kids, I think my husband would to be watching that one right now. P.S. Great homework tips!

  15. My boys get their homework on Monday, and it’s due Thursday. Travis has them work on their homework all on Monday night. They know that if they get it done early they get all the other nights to be more free.

  16. My son is still learning what homework is. We try to get everything done early so that we don’t need to worry about it later! I love all your tips! I will be using a few of these.

  17. These are great tips that apply to things even other than homework!

  18. I think using a reward system is a great idea.

  19. We try and get homework done as soon as they get home so their brains are still in school mode. They can take a break when they are done 🙂

  20. I definitely find that having a schedule and being disciplined is key! These are great tips!

  21. Planning ahead always makes a huge difference. SO glad that I’m not in school anymore!

  22. I found my kids’ math homework stressful because I couldn’t gel them with it.

  23. These are great tips. Homework in our house is sometimes a terror, but my kids are pretty good at getting it done right when they get home.

  24. Staying these for when Lil Pumpkin starts formal school next year and has much more HW to bring home and do!! 😛

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  25. A good schedule will work and A good movie is a great break.

  26. i am off homework duties for a long time now. Parents will be happy to have this!

  27. I have to agree about a little tv after working hard all day or week. The reward system is an awesome idea for kids. Netflix has so much of a selection for everyone in the family. Magic School Bus is watch my nieces little ones watch. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Staying calm has always been a good one for me. I love helping my kiddos but it can be so stressful to help them with homework!

  29. Great tips…. Hubby is the one who does homework with the kids because he has the patience of JOB… lol… But, we totally agree in giving rewards, or they get burnt out…

  30. Ahhhh… stay calm. Yep, I hear you on that one. Not always an easy thing to do though

  31. These are great tips. We have been watching Bill Nye the Science Guy a lot lately. There are so many great shows on Netflix.

  32. I have a junior in high school and she is already struggling with her homework. We need to work on planning ahead.

  33. Great tips. I have to keep my kids on the straight and narrow for homework!

  34. Great Tips and Suggestions.. The rules for homework has always been “Homework before T.V”

  35. I swear i get more stressed out then the kids do. Thanks for the kids….I’ll try to remain calm LOL

  36. Those sound like great tips. We homeschool so we really do not have homework, we do our work during the say while we school.

  37. These are wonderful tips for when my kid starts school. I remember my spelling homework was the worst because I had such a hard time with it. Rewards and planning ahead are great tips.

  38. Great tips! I’m not looking forward to homework already, and school doesn’t start until Tuesday. Help!

  39. When the schedule goes off track then the chaos starts. I like my day to go good.

  40. It’s a great idea to prepare kids for homework and have plan. We also have a central work station set up with all the common supplies kids would use so it’s all done in a main area of our house and we can help support when needed. Due to all the after school activities and overlaps where a sib has to wait for the other, I have a homework supply box in my car too with supplies so they can work while they wait.

  41. I’ve been streaming family guy in the background while I work this month. 🙂

  42. Homework can be stressful. I find a glass of wine when the kids go to bed very helpful.

  43. These are great tips! Staying calm is really important to getting it accomplished!

  44. My kids are all about Clifford and Rescue Bots on Netflix right now

  45. It seems like kids have so much more homework these days than when I was in school! Anything that helps them not to stress about it is a plus!

  46. WOW you are a fab mom and great tips here. It is back to school time for sure

  47. These are such great tips. Homework can be very stressful for students and for parents as well.

  48. We love Netflix!! I had no idea that they were coming out with new shows again, will have to remember that when school starts up!

  49. Those are some great tips and we love love love Dinotrux. We’ve been watching it since it premiered this month.

  50. Mariah is all honors classes and finished #1 in her class last year. She is so much smarter than I am, and I feel bad when I can’t help her with her work 🙁

  51. I think among those tips the most important one would be to stay calm. Lol. Kids lose their focus quickly, so it’s up to you to keep everything intact.

  52. Fantastic tips! My daughter just started kindergarten so homework is still fun, but I’ll definitely be keeping all of these fun shows in mind. We love netflix. Right now my daughter is into some show with a bear and a troublesome girl who keeps tormenting him. haha

  53. Homework can be stressful to both the parents and the children. These are great tips. Keeping calm is very important. I know it’s hard, but kids learn fast when you’re not shouting at them.

  54. I love to reading this, homework can be stressful to me when i’m in college, i pass this to m college son

  55. I have seen Dinotrux on our Netflix recently. Definitely looks like a show my little guy would enjoy!

  56. I’ve always found a schedule the kids can count on to be helpful. Homework isn’t something they love, but a routine helps.

  57. When my kids were young, my biggest challenge was making them follow or understand how to do things using a more efficient method. I would teach them something like, “here’s an easy way to solve that math problem,” and they would say, “That’s not how teacher does it!” Oh, the joys of parenthood.

  58. The back to school season is definitely one where stress can get the best of both kids and parents. We use things like television and tablet time as rewards for completing homework without a struggle.

  59. These are very helpful tips. Having a schedule for homework is very important. That way, they can do other things like watching a movie afterwards.

  60. These are fantastic tips. I am already dreading the homework routine with two in high school and one in the 4th grade. I saw a recent blogger post on Facebook about having to Google the answers to her 2nd grader’s homework in order to be able to help her – that might be me and I’m a college educator!

  61. Some great suggestions. We will need these this year as we start middle school. Quite the adjustment for our house.

  62. Awesome tips. My daughters and I are OBSESSED with the new show Project Mc² . Unfortunately only 3 episodes are loaded so far.

  63. Oh the dreaded homework! These are great tips for keeping homework from getting too overwhelming.

  64. Great tips! Not looking forward to homework next week at all!

  65. Homework is not the kids’ favorite thing, but they are loving Project Mc2. It’s nice to see smart kids on tv.

  66. Any tips that make homework eaiser, Im there! Great tips!

  67. Yes! Homework is the craziest time of the day. I am always explaining that if she would just focus and get it done then it would be over with! These are great tips!

  68. I used to always plan ahead when I was in school. I used to do my homework on a Friday instead of a Sunday.

  69. We have two kids and hubby and I divide the two with each of us. I get my son and work with him with his assignements and my husband et our daughter and work with her.

  70. These are very helpful tips. Soon I will tackle home works again.

  71. Not quite there yet…but my little one and I will need these tips for sure!

  72. It’s homework time for us once again We could use these tips.

  73. homework is the most stressful time of my day. I have a child that wants me to know how to do it and then argues with me at every turn. It’s so frustrating.

  74. These are great tips for helping us out with homework with the kids. Thanks!

  75. In our house it was totally non-negotiable. You did your homework before anything else. Get it done and get to the fun. Once they saw life that way, they just cranked it out. Sometimes in school!

  76. I always sat down and started my homework the second I got home so it always got done! I hope to maintain that when my son is older!

  77. Netflix has THE BEST shows! I just watched the trailer for the new Project MC2 and it looks so fun! I’m going to watch that with my tween daughter when it debuts.

  78. I never found homework stressful, but my kiddos do. These are great tips I look forward to trying with my kiddos.

  79. These are really useful tips. Homework can have a way of derailing a weekly routine if you don’t plan for it and make sure kids stick to a regular schedule. Thanks for sharing.

  80. I just signed up for a free trial of Netflix and my kids have been busy adding shows to their queues. There is so much good stuff to watch!

  81. Great tips. My favorite was to stay calm. Homework can be stressful for both the student and the parent.

  82. These are excellent tips and suggestions. I know that I reward my kids for good grades. They can earn time on netflix or video games.

  83. Oh my. Homework can be so stressful. I love the plan ahead idea and stay on schedule. That really seems to help

  84. I love all you ideas. We keep a big calendar in the kitchen to note when big tests and assignments are coming up. With everyone involved in sports we track when games are. This helps us stay on top of homework as well. It needs to be done when they get home no waiting to 7 pm to start it.

  85. I have got to get on a good homework schedule for this semester. I already feel overwhelmed and it’s only the second week of class!!

  86. My daughter is still in preschool, so we don’t have homework yet, but will keep these tips in mind. Having the teachers give you a head’s up on what’s coming seems really helpful so you can prepare and plan ahead!

  87. It was hard for us the first week. The middle of the second week though, and there was no longer complaining about doing, he just did it. We like to stay on schedule, it really helps us.

  88. I will need to remind myself to keep calm, keep calm, keep calm! I am sure Netflix will help me bring my anxiety levels down

  89. It would have been nice if teachers had told parents back when I was in school what and if there would be homework. One way or another after I got home I had to do that homework forst–or I did not get to go out and play with my friends!

  90. My son starts kindergarten tomorrow and I already know he will have homework most nights. I’ll take any tips I can get!

  91. Thanks for sharing these tips. My son is starting middle school this year and is so nervous about all the homework. Hate seeing the little guy so stressed. We will give these a try for sure.

    Brooke

  92. I think that 5 minutes of organizing every day goes a really long way!

  93. It’s amazing how much programming there is for kids now. And so much of it is so good!

  94. We love to stream Netflix! I can’t believe they are still coming out with new shows on Netflix.

  95. This looks like a great new show! My son might even like it. My youngest loves the new Dinotrux show.

  96. These are great tips! As homeschoolers, we love the resources that Netflix has to offer and often us it to enhance curriculum for our son!

  97. This post came at a great time. We start homework this week!

  98. Homework can definitely be stressful! My son goes back to school next week and I am already worrying about homework, lol. I will be finishing the 3rd season of OITNB when school starts.

  99. Ahhhhh I’m dreading the day my daughter comes home with homework lol…. These are some great tips!

  100. Setting aside time to do homework was key for us. Also, we had to scale back the after school activities especially for my son.

  101. Those are some great tips. I will keep these for when my daughter starts school.

  102. I completely agree that rewards are very effective!

  103. My kindergartener came home with his first ‘homework’ yesterday! We practiced his sight words for the week. Homework is a lot more stressful for the one in middle school. I did love last year when most of his teachers had certain nights they assigned homework and others that were homework free. It made planning our evenings much simpler!

  104. yep we have entered the time of year where Netflix becomes the big reward for getting your homework and chores done! LOL I like to just blare the music when I have a big clean to do.

  105. Great tips! Staying calm and on schedule are so important. Homework already has a bad reputation, so any way to make it fun for kids is good.

  106. Really cool, I recently got a Netflix account and I’ve been watching Orange is the New Black. My toddler has discovered Netflix kids. We are so ready to be home in the winter watching TV.

  107. Staying on Schedule is what always lessens the stress when it comes to making homework because it then becomes routine