By Dr. Stacie Bunning, clinical psychologist
My daughter is in the second grade and I cannot get her to start her homework on her own. I always have to tell her that she has homework that needs to be completed. She is very bright and has no problem understanding the homework. How can I get her to show some responsibility and make sure her homework gets done by herself?
By second grade, children are in their third year of school and probably their third year of having some sort of homework to do at night. Thus, it's understandable that you would hope for your daughter to initiate and complete her assignments without prompting from you.
Unfortunately, although it's understandable, it's probably not realistic. Even though she's bright and capable, she's still pretty young and will need you to help her get organized for several more years. She certainly seems to be telling you that with her behavior! Here are some tips for making the homework process less stressful for you both:
Advice from our experts is not a substitute for professional diagnosis or treatment from a health-care provider or learning expert familiar with your unique situation. We recommend consulting a qualified professional if you have concerns about your child's condition.
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