Managing homework and extra-curricular activities become more daunting as our children get older. The 15 minutes of homework turns into 30, then turns into 45, and then into 60+ minutes a night. The once-a-week, two-hour long travel soccer practice turns into three nights a week, plus whole weekend team tournaments. Some children may be a member of more than one team. And, on top of that, many children often need to squeeze in other activities along with athletic commitments.
So how does homework fit into this equation? For many, not very easily. I often hear, “I couldn’t do my homework last night because I didn’t get home until 9:30.” This is one habit you don’t want your child to get into. Not only does this mean homework doesn’t get done consistently, the child often feels guilty, doesn’t perform well in school, and loses self-esteem with his/her academics. One of the tools I introduce to my students at the beginning of each school year, and have used with my own children, is a weekly planner. It certainly doesn’t solve time issues, but it gives the student an overview of the week in an organized manner. It also helps each student to be accountable for his/her own homework planning.