We’ve all been there. We look at our child’s homework and cannot figure it out. We want to be that help to them but all of a sudden we feel that there is no way that we can be that person for them. What to do?
Step 1: Breath! All of you!
A method of relaxation breathing can be found on www.stress.org:
Teddy Bear Breathing- Lie on your back, place one hand on your chest and place your favorite teddy bear on your belly button. Close your eyes and relax your whole body. Breath in slowly through your nose. Your teddy bear should slowly rise, but your chest should not. When you have taken a full deep breath, hold it, count to three then slowly breathe out. Repeat a few times, until your feel relaxed.
Step 2: Get a snack!
Often the hardest time to think is when we are at our “hangriest”. I know that if my mind is working hard it needs a nutritious, brain pumping treat! Try a great snack of greek yogurt with Muesli! I have it on great authority (my sons) that there is a great place to find this delicious snack right in town!
Step 3: Cheer them on!
You are not responsible for making sure the homework is done correctly but rather giving the kids the confidence to try it on their own and ask questions (and “I don’t know… Let’s find out” is perfectly acceptable.). Cheer them on! Give them high-fives! Don’t assume that they have to be right all the time. They need to be wrong to know what is right.
Step 4: Give yourself a pat on the back!
You did it! Now if you are still asking questions and needing help our teachers can always answer these and will be more than willing to assist you. Or feel free to check out our homework help tab. We will be adding more sites and solutions as the year moves along to help guide you to the answers your child needs.