(Closed) Still doin’ the 3 hr homework-a-nite stuff.. :(

posted 10 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
1667 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I always loved homework (so weird I know) so I can’t speak from the perspective of the student. I did get some fantastic advice from a professor in college once. She said that the longer you study without taking a break the less you learn. Keeping the study/homework sessions in small segments and taking short little brain breaks can help you focus so much more.

Not sure if that helps at all, also is there something else that may be going on with him that could be affecting his ability to concentrate? You say he is normally a good student, perhaps he has some other things that are bothering him that is affecting his ability to learn.

More than anything, sending good thoughts your way. I’m not a parent so no great advice, but HUGS

Post # 4
1870 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@bellenga: Okay, this is not something I’d recommend long-term, but I’m a teacher and some of my past ADD parents who didn’t want to put their kids on medication gave them coffee before school. I’m not advocating coffee in the place of medication, but might be worth an experiment before homework (again, then you have the problem of caffeine before bedtime).

The other thing is, has his behavior been something the teachers have brought up with you or is it only something you’ve observed at home? Give his teachers a call if you haven’t already heard from them because it could be that he’s fine in school and something else is going on in the home environment. If anything, what his teachers say is further information you can provide for your doctor. Usually, teachers are pretty quick to spot ADD/ADHD in their students (although it may be more difficult to do so if the child is an A/B student).

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