Your presence sends the message that homework is important business, not to be taken lightly.
Once you’re sitting down with your child, ask him to unload his school bag and talk you through his various assignments.
Many parents are under the impression that they shouldn’t have anything to do with their children's homework.
This comes from schools emphasizing that homework is a child's responsibility, not the parents'.
While it is absolutely true that parents should not do their children's homework, there a role for parents — one that's perhaps best described as “homework project manager.” Parents can be monitoring, organizing, motivating, and praising the homework effort as it gets done.
And yes, that means sitting with your child to help them stay focused and on task.
Dads may feel like their preteen children are drifting away from them, but their emerging independence is actually a good thing.
It doesn’t mean they don’t want and need you to spend time with them.
Developing the discipline to fulfill our responsibilities, regardless of whether they thrill us, begins in middle childhood.
So how to help the avoidant child embrace the challenge, rather than resist it?