Does homework have to be done right after school before playing?

Rachel - posted on 06/20/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Is it best for a child to do their homework right after school or does it matter? Is it bad to put a rule in place that homework is done after dinner or sometime before bed?

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Teresa - posted on 06/20/2011

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NO! Some kids need some time to decompress! Think of yourself, if you brought work home. Some people might want to do it right away. Some people might need some down time first. Be sensitive to your child, see what he or she needs. Some people equate mothering with something akin to a drill sargent. That serves no one.

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Rebecca - posted on 06/20/2011

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I agree with Teresa let them unwind first as long as you have a set time that it is done every day it does not need to be directly after school personally I think just before or after supper is best that wan they can wind down after school and before bed

Jennifer - posted on 06/20/2011

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For the most part, the rule in my house is homework as soon as you get home from school. A lot of it depended on the weather though. If we had some good snow in the winter, it was play and homework right after supper, because it got dark out at 5:30pm anyway. It all just depends on what you are comfortable with. One thing I don't recommend though, was the way my sister-in-law did it in her house. She never set a time, and her son ended up doing it when he should have been in bed. Then he didn't get enough sleep, because he was up doing homework.

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