I would let it go and let her get feedback in class from her teacher and classmates.
Before they know it, the assignment is done, their confidence is up, and they’re onto the next thing. Then (and this is the key) allow to choose how they’d like to do that.
Whether it’s a good old fashioned pencil and paper in a planner or agenda book, or by using an app on their phone, when kids get to choose the method, they’re much more likely to follow through.
They’re already at the table, away from distractions, so start by tacking on 15-20 minutes either before or after dinner to review upcoming assignments for the week.
You can ask And then have them outline the steps they need to take.
Whether that’s on their first algebra assignment, a year-long science project they don’t know how to start, or a lingering book report where the due date has come and gone…
Sometimes it’s hard to know when to step in and how to direct them without helping too much.
Research shows that when a task seems too large or difficult for kids (and students of any age), they often procrastinate more.
So in this situation, a timer is a surprising effective solution.
Ultimately the question we’re asking is: Should parents help with homework? It’s one of the first questions we get from the parents we work with, so we put together a guide that you can use to find an answer that works for your family.
Below is a breakdown of when it makes sense to lend a hand, and how to do it effectively. Then we’ll outline some more general recommendations on what to do.