Over-involvement of parents working from home in children’s education

Most school children will groan at the sound of the word ’homework’ but, in some instances, it can also leave parents feeling less than enthusiastic. Parents- working from home or otherwise, have a view on how to manage their children’s homework. Some take it upon themselves to do it for them, others try the middle path acting only as guides, while some stay out of the activity entirely.

The way, parents, working from home, approach homework depends on a variety of factors – time available, their own knowledge, their parenting style, and personal nature (competitiveness).

An article in The Telegraph talks about a study (of 2,000 parents of kids aged between 5 and 15) conducted in the UK in 2014, by the Bett Educational Technology Trade-show. They found that a section of the parents who did their children’s homework found it too difficult and a few parents also reported that their children “wandered off”, leaving them to complete the homework alone. Some parents also confessed to feeling good when their child got good grades in the homework that they had helped with.

While the study cites a few other reasons why parents might want to help their children with homework, or why they can’t even if they want to, it mentions one very important reason why parents should in fact temper their involvement level – it hampers the child’s learning in the process.

So, should parents working from home stay away from children’s studies?

When you are working from home, you know you have ample time to contribute to your children’s studies. In some cases, you might also find shortage of time to even look at their homework. So do you adopt either all or nothing approach? In short, no. Staying away from your children’s homework or school life completely may send the wrong signals. It might suggest you are either not concerned about their studies or that studying is not that important. In such cases, it is better to adopt the middle path – be involved, but not directly.

So while some parents might find it hard to take a step back, and others might find it difficult to take a step forth, for the betterment of your children it is important to set some boundaries.

Find ways to the middle ground to contribute to your child’s education while working from home

  1. Talk to your children about what they are studying at school. Find out which subjects interest them and which don’t.
  2. Create a pro-education and learning atmosphere at home.
  3. Engage your children in a healthy debate about things that are happening around them. If they are older, you can seek their opinion on the important political, social, and economical events that happen around the globe. This is a good way to help them build an opinion, develop a thought process and learn how to put forth those thoughts and opinions.
  4. You can encourage your elder children (if any) to supervise and tutor their younger siblings or neighbourhood children. This will help them brush up on their own basics and also teaches them how to communicate effectively and share knowledge with others.

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