Inevitably your child will turn to you for help. In such a case, it’s important to be available to them at the drop of a hat. However, don’t sit down and immediately take over. If your child is stumped on a math problem, for example, try to get them to look at the problem in a new light by asking leading questions or offering a new perspective. Let them know that it’s okay to take a five-minute break, too; sometimes stepping away from a problem is a good mental reset.
Another great way to support your child’s homework is to be a passive study partner. If they have a science test coming up, run flashcards with them or put together a quick pop quiz. That way, you’re still helping but at the same time ensuring they do the work themselves.