Is Too Much Homework Bad for Children?


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Growing kids are faced with a lot of concerns – peer pressure, competition and schoolwork. While discipline could be the key to help shape your kid into a better individual, too much of it could be bad.

Keep reading to find out more about how much homework is too much and how pressure revolving around schoolwork could influence your kid.

Is Too Much Homework Bad for Kids?

Introducing your kid to healthy competition and developing an attitude of determination at an early stage itself may make sense, but there could be a lot of problems if it goes overboard.

A study conducted by a research team at the University of Virginia has found “The more time students spend on homework, it’s no clear that they are getting better grades or better test scores.” The researchers studied 18,000 students and found that having more homework assignments was not a sure-shot way to get better test results.

Another study conducted by the Stanford University has found that students belonging to high achieving communities, who spend too much time on homework, tend to have higher levels of stress and physical health problems and may also face alienation from the society and a lack of balance.

Some other findings also reveal that around 56% of students consider homework as the primary stress or in their lives, and such students are more likely to suffer from migraines, sleep problems, stomach problems, ulcers and even weight loss (1).

In fact, a study conducted by a team of Australian researchers has revealed that too much homework could actually lower test scores in kids(2).

To sum it up, too much homework, in general, tends to have more negative impacts on health and schoolwork than positive impacts.

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9 Useful Homework Tips for Kids:

You may not have a lot of control over how much homework your kid actually gets, but there’s a lot you can do to help him cope with it all. Follow these simple tips to help your kid get through his schoolwork smoothly.

1. Use Social Media:

Gone are the days when social media was blamed for causing distractions among kids. Today, kids learn things online, share timetables on Facebook, and tweet about how much they’ve managed to study so far.

  • If your kid finds motivation and solace in the online world, let him do it.
  • A lot of kids tend to find constructive competition with their friends on such social networking sites.
  • Many a times, you may find that your kid managed to create his tough project with the help of a YouTube videos.

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2. Create A Plan:

One of the best ways to ensure completion of work despite huge workloads is to quickly whip up a timetable or schedule. This will help both you and your kid get organised better and will relieve stress.

  • If there’s too much to do in a day, simply allot specific tasks to specific time slots.
  • Keep short gaps in between for refreshments and playtime.
  • You are most likely to help your kid finish his homework in a short time span if you follow this rule.

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3. Take A Break:

Be it exam time or just regular homework sessions, taking a break is important, especially for developing kids.

  • Don’t overburden your kid. Allow him to take short 15 minute breaks between every few hours of study.
  • Avoid letting him use the video game or watch TV during these breaks.
  • Instead, get him to take the dog for a walk or feed the pets or something similar that is constructive and refreshing.
  • You could also ask him to accompany you in cooking.

4. Use the Timer:

Another great idea to motivate your kid to study and get done with his homework is to set time schedules.

  • Before your kid gets started with his homework, you can set the timer at 30 minutes.
  • Ask him to get done with some study problems or a few answers from his school textbook.
  • Setting a time frame for a particular project tends to create a sense of urgency. This helps drive your kid to work better and finish the same in time.
  • Of course you can always have a special reward treat waiting for him for his good work afterwards.

5. Use Sensory-Motor Tricks:

Using sensory motor tricks to help your kid concentrate is great, particularly if your kid is restless and fidgety.

  • Have him sit on an exercise ball or tie an exercise band around the front legs of the chair.
  • This will make him more comfortable and make him stay himself ‘in zone’ while studying.
  • Several studies have also revealed that chewing gum or sucking on a candy could help kids concentrate better.
  • These activities tend to help the nervous system work better. So do not immediately negate them if your kid wants to use these while studying.

6. Creating The Right Environment:

Helping your kid focus on his homework is the best way to lessen his burden. Make sure your child is in a well-lit room free from distractions, and has all his necessary material ready (3).

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7. Organize:

Another simple way to ensure that your kid is able to finish his homework in time and without staying up at night is to help him organize his day. Create a schedule and allot specific time slots for homework and playtime. It is also a great idea to break up homework sessions into 2-3 small slots allocated to make it easier for your kid.

8. Get Some Help:

There may be instances when your kid is stuck (most kids tend to have a particular subject they really don’t comprehend), and in such cases, it is great to get additional help. You can consider trying some specific websites that make learning easier, or you could even have a talk with his school teacher.

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9. Keep In Touch:

One of the best ways to make sure that your kid isn’t getting overburdened with his schoolwork is to stay in touch with both him and his teacher. Talking to your kid and knowing about his interests will not only strengthen your relationship with him, but you’ll also learn a lot about how well your child is performing emotionally and socially(4).

Help your kid understand that learning is a gradual process, and help him respect his schoolwork. Be emotionally supportive of him and keep a close look on him to stay updated.

We hope this article helped you understand about the downside of too much homework for kids, and some simple strategies to help him cope with it. Did any of these tips work for you? Let us know in the comments box below.

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