Try the next one now.” Another strategy: Have your child show you similar problems he worked on in class. Cut It in Half: Best for the Overwhelmed That’s right — you can make an executive decision to lighten your child’s load for a night, if: If your child is completely lost, you can excuse her entirely.To help you get there, we asked teachers and parents to share their A strategies for solving the most common headaches. This gives her some control over her schedule (some kids need a longer break after school, and others need to start right away to keep the momentum going).Their work-like-magic tips are guaranteed to bring harmony back into your homework routine, whether your child is a kindergartner or a fifth-grader, a whiner or a procrastinator! Do It as Early as Possible: Best for Everyone On days when there are no afternoon activities, give your child a time frame — say, between 3 p.m. The only rule is that 5 o’clock is the latest time to start.Once your child feels understood, says Dolin, he’ll be more likely to accept your suggestions — and better able to focus on what needs to be done. The Teacher’s Your child’s tearing up over a long-division worksheet and you actually remember how to get the answer. Do you show your kid your method — so at least she’ll have the correct answer? With two kids in different parts of their school career, I’ve had visions of them sitting nicely together at our big family desk working on homework. I’ve also thought that they could use the big dining room table. One day, when they don’t need help or have questions for me, they’ll do their homework in their rooms – I think.If you don’t hear back from the teacher in a few days, or your child is still clueless on the next assignment, follow up with an e-mail.Most teachers will be understanding if a student does this once in a while, says Grace, but if your child frequently fails to finish her assignments, there will probably be a consequence. Change the Scene: Best for Daydreamers Something as simple as a special place to work can boost a child’s motivation and, in turn, his confidence.If you work, that means homework duties will fall to the after-school caregiver.This way, the bulk of it can get done before your kiddo’s too pooped — and you can just review and wrap things up once you get home. Create a Call List: Best for Forgetters From kindergarten on, kids need a list of three or four classmates they can call on when they forget an assignment, says Ann Dolin, M.This worked great when my girls were in Kindergarten through third grade.The handy references and boards helped them block out distraction while doing homework.