Parents and Their Role in Homework

How to help make homework a point of discussion rather than a battlefield.

Homework and Parents

Homework is one of those things that can become arunning battle. But by taking a proactive approach with your child, homework can become just one of those habits that’s apart of a child’s day. Dr. Harley Rotbart, pediatrician and author of No Regrets Parenting elaborates. “When kids are young we should look over every homework assignment that they do. That isn’t because we want to make sure all their math answers are right but it’s because we want to see the quality overall of their work and that they’re doing their work and to let them know that it’s important in our minds. As kids get older it’s OK to just say ‘have you finished your homework’ and to hear the groan ‘yes, Dad’ but, you should keep track of the grades that they’re getting on their homework and you should keep track of the comments that they’re hearing from their teachers on their homework; again to let them know that homework is important to you and should be important to them.”

dr. harley rotbartThe Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Harley Rotbart, a parenting expert, pediatrician and author of No Regrets Parenting. Find out more about Dr. Rotbart’s work at

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