Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Ending the Homework Battles

I found this article called “Ending the Homework Battle.” It reports on book by a psychologist, Drew Edwards, called “How to Handle the Hard-to-Handle Kid.” I have not read Dr. Edwards’ book and I assume that it goes beyond what is reported in this article.  I would be interested in knowing how much he considers the possibility that the child is not doing the work because he can’t do the work, can’t do all of the work, or can’t do enough of the work in a reasonable amount of time. If the child keeps getting zeros for work not done, the child and parent will inevitably run into a wall that they cannot get past.  I note that one of the points mentioned in the article is “Find a starting point.” I would like to add to that, “Find an end point.” I think bringing homework to a close, whether or not it is done, is one of the most important steps in resolving homework problems.

Dr. Kenneth Goldberg is a clinical psychologist with 35 years of professional experience in dealing with many different psychological issues. He is the author of The Homework Trap: How to Save the Sanity of Parents, Students and Teachers and currently works in his own private practice.

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