How can this impatient mom help my son with his homework when he gets frustrated?

Wendy - posted on 04/26/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My son is 7 1/2 and gets easily frustrated when he can't do his homework after explaining to him on how to do it. When he starts getting frustrated then i get frustrated and I dont want to be that kind of parent and I admit I do get easily angry and frustrated not only at him but myself :( How can I deal with this and having my hubby not here to help? ( he flys for two weeks at a time)

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I would suggest tutoring. But my daughter is 11 and I can admit, I'm not the most patient person in the world. When my daughter was going through that same problem a few years ago I just wanted to pull my hair out. But I stayed on her. I gave her homework even when she didn't have homework. I was just as determined as she was. I made learning interesting for her. You know what I mean? Like making games out of it. Or letting your child know that it is okay to make a mistake because the fact that he is actually trying means a lot. Praise him for his effort

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Samantha - posted on 04/26/2011

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You could teach him how to use quick relaxation techniques every time he feels overwhelmed (in through the nose and out through the mouth) eyes closed. It helps my son and he has ADD.

Sherry - posted on 04/26/2011

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Try doing it at a different time, like not right after school. Try after dinner when he's had a break from school. Make that your homework time, when you can both sit down and work on it, as long as he understands that it's his work, and not yours.

Louise - posted on 04/26/2011

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I really don't know how to help you Wendy, but you are not alone. My son is 9 and I have the same trouble. I end up sending him to school without doing it and he has to deal with the consequences for not doing his homework. He sometimes has to stay in during recess and his failure to comply always is marked on his report card...I don't know what to do. Goodluck with your son.

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