Without a plan, middle schoolers and parents find themselves continually frustrated by nightly homework assignments. Use the 3-step system from today’s show for frustration-free evenings.
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The inevitable, a pile of homework, and absolutely no idea where to begin, time wears on and before you know it, it's the end of another evening and still, nothing has been accomplished. That's when the frustration sets in, hers and yours, which doesn't help because hers grows even greater which in turn causes your heart rate to go higher and still the pile remains untouched. You both realized, this strategy isn't working; possibly trying something new could help. How about a list? Lists are good. I can get things done with list, the typical middle schooler list. Notice, the lack of action, and still the pile remains untouched because the list is simply a description of what's in the pile, it doesn't prompt action. Now, notice the difference, moving from noun to verb, well, actually it's an action that's going to help us complete the items on the list. Move on, estimate how long each of those action items is going to take. That way, you have an idea of what you are in for. Finally, prioritize, what are you going to begin with? Not necessarily what's most important but just where will you begin? Remember those items. Focus on the goal which is homework completion. Don't get caught up and whether or not you should start with the longest assignment first or the shortest, try both. Build in study breaks along the way, 5 minutes to listen to some music, get onto the computer, send a couple of text messages. Old school mentality tells us work from beginning to end without any breaks, don't believe it folks, work for 20-25, maintain focus, take a five minute break. What's the key to the whole system? A simple kitchen timer, set for 20-25 minutes, when the timer goes off, reset for five. With the focus on getting things done in action statements, the smile returns to everyone's face.
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