The amount of homework assigned these days can be ridiculous. If the homework assigned is excessive, or if the content is too difficult for a child's capabilities, homework effectiveness can backfire--especially in grade school-aged children. Stress mechanisms can negatively affect comprehension and retention of new material, battles over homework can contribute to family conflict, and negative associations with homework can lead to avoidance patterns. Even very bright and organized kids can experience undue stress from homework, and those with attention problems, learning disabilities or mood symptoms can become disorganized and dysregulated, creating a vicious cycle.
Here are some tips to make homework time more efficient and less painful:
Above all, give the situation a reality check. Both sleep and play are more important for mental well-being and development than homework, so make sure these take priority.