There are several signs that parents and carers can look out for to recognise when children are finding homework challenging and/or stressful. These signs include:
- Procrastination: If your child is consistently putting off their homework until the last minute, it may be a sign that they are finding it challenging or stressful.
- Avoidance: If your child is avoiding homework altogether or trying to find ways to get out of doing it, it may be a sign that they are struggling with the work.
- Frustration: If your child becomes easily frustrated or upset while doing their homework, it may be a sign that they are finding it challenging.
- Low grades: If your child’s grades start to slip or they are consistently receiving lower grades on their homework, it may be a sign that they are struggling with the material.
- Physical symptoms: Stress can cause physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach aches, and sleep disturbances. If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be a sign that they are finding homework challenging and/or stressful.
- Lack of motivation: If your child is lacking motivation to complete their homework or seems to have lost interest in their studies, it may be a sign that they are finding it challenging or stressful.
It’s important for parents and carers to communicate with their children about their homework and to provide support when needed. If you notice that your child is struggling with their homework, try to identify the areas where they are having difficulty and provide assistance as needed. Additionally, encourage your child to take breaks and engage in activities that help reduce stress, such as exercise or spending time with friends.