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Take time to connect with your child on a daily basis

  • Talk to your child everyday about what he or she did in school. Ask specific questions.

  • As a family, take time to play games, visit museums or take a walk in the park.

  • Limit the amount of television your child watches.

  • Get to know your child’s friends and invite them over once in a while.

Provide enriching and constructive activities for your child at home. This will stimulate his or her imagination and creativity.

Talk to your child often and help him or her recognize his or her possibilities

  • Use positive and encouraging language to motivate your child.

  • Focus on your child’s strengths and talents and point them out to him or her.

  • Praise your child when you see him or her doing something positive.

  • Talk to your child about his or her future. Discuss possible careers he or she can pursue.

Remember: Your child is never too young to talk about college and his or her future possibilities.

Establish a set time and place to do homework

  • As a family, determine the best time and place to do homework on a daily basis.

  • Have adequate school supplies at home to help your child complete the homework.

  • Supervise homework time.

  • Encourage your child to work independently and be responsible for completing his or her homework, but be available to help.

If your child consistently comes home claiming that he or she does not have homework, contact the teacher and ask about his or her homework policy.