Homework is often a stressful experience for both young people and their parents. Research has shown homework is a significant source of family stress and conflict. The more homework a young person has and the less confident a parent feels in their ability to help their young person - the more likely families are to report high stress levels.
This is not an insignificant problem in our society. Some studies have even found that parents’ daily level of anxiety/depression is higher on days when they spend more time helping their child with homework.
Cross community research suggests about 15% of young people are identified by their teacher as having some kind of extra learning needs – and for them, homework is particularly likely to be the cause of significant family stress.
How much and what type of homework young people should do is still being debated among teachers, academics and parents – and there are a range of homework policies and practices which occur in different schools.
In the meantime, parents still have to figure out how what to say to young people who feel they are not “smart enough” or lack confidence in their abilty to complete homework tasks, and who say “I can’t do it” or “this is too hard” regularly.Read More