Homework Help Tips for Parents


Homework time can easily become stressful for many parents and children.  Kidshealth.org has created a Top 10 Homework Tips article that offers simple ideas to keep homework time effective.

Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows kids that what they do is important.

Of course, helping with homework shouldn’t mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging kids to take a break. And who knows? Parents might even learn a thing or two!

Here are some tips to guide the way:

  1. Know the teachersand what they’re looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child’s teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved.
  2. Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
  3. Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.
  4. Help them make a plan. On heavy homework nights or when there’s an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.
  5. Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.)

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Infant Mental Health Promotion is pleased to announce a partnership with TVOParents.com beginning in September 2012.

Helping parents help their kids succeed in school and lifeThis initiative is intended to educate Ontario parents on the importance of healthy brain development in the early years of a child’s life, from 0 to 4 and to share information on a range of infant mental health and parenting topics. 

Goals are to:

  • raise awareness through information and outreach to parents
  • share knowledge and resources between TVOParents.com and Infant Mental Health Promotion
  • increase parent engagement on both sites

The TVOParents.com website hosts a wide range of resources for parents including:

    • Videos – interviews and lectures with top experts in the fields of child development, brain development and mental health.
    • Articles and blogs – on a range of topics and parenting concerns about a child’s physical and mental health: special needs, child development, brain development, social skills and issues, learning and parent involvement.

Media outreach on TVOParents.com as well as through social media, Facebook and Twitter, to engage parents including distribution of IMHP’s weekly tips for parents

Each week TVOParents.com will share tips for parents authored by IMHP on a range of topics to promote positive mental health.

 Infant Mental Health Promotion will be providing:

  • Content for parents on infant mental health topics, such as: transitions to childcare, brain development research, the impact of the environment and relationships on a young child’s mental health, and more…
  • Guest blogs by IMHP’s director, Chaya Kulkarni, as well as periodic interviews with Cheryl Jackson
  • Weekly brain tips for parents which will be posted on TVOParents’ social media channels.
  • In-depth milestones, the healthy social and emotional development of your child from 0 to 4, created by the Hospital for Sick Children
  • Media access to Infant Mental Health Rounds lecture series and IMHP events.

IMHP is looking forward to this unique opportunity to share knowledge with a wider community and parents through TVOParents.com .  For more information and some highlighted TVO Parents resources visit the IMHP “Special Projects” page on this partnership.


The New Parachute Program: Transitioning to Parenthood

The New Parachute Program: Transitioning to Parenthood

Are you a new mom or dad and needs someone to talk to that understands the challenges of a new parent?  Come to The New Parachute Program every Wednesday afternoon 1:30-3:00 at St. Andrew’s Community Centre (across from Victoria Park)

August 22 – Open Discussion: Jane Flinders

August 29 – The Joys of Parenting: Sharon Brooks

Rights from the Start: Early Childhood Care and Education

Rights from the Start: Early Childhood Care and Education

Everywhere in the world, parents want the best for their children.  We are all becoming more educated to the fact that early childhood education is so important to a child’s future.

Here is what the website Campaign for Education has to say:

Every child has the right to education, and these rights start from birth.

Every year, over 200 million children under the age of five in low- and middle-income countries will not attain their development potential due to poverty, nutritional deficiencies and inadequate care and learning opportunities. Most of these children live in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. 

Due to this poor start in life, if they get the chance to go to school, they are likely to underachieve. Subsequently, they will perpetuate the cycle of poverty, with low income jobs as adults, likely to have children themselves at a very early age, and provide poor health care, nutrition and stimulation to another generation. 

By ignoring the right to education, millions more children will be condemned to the same fate.

The Global Campaign for Education is calling on world leaders to keep their promises and ensure early childhood care and education for every child – right from the start.

Take a few minutes and watch their video:

Preventing Summer Learning Loss

Summer is a time to relax and have fun, but it’s also a time when children can experience learning loss.  There are simple and free ways to help keep our children learning over the summer.  Regular day to day activities are great for literacy and numeracy.  Writing a grocery list or having your child read your grocery list when shopping helps with literacy.  Baking and using fractions helps with math. 

Here is a link to an article for more ideas on preventing summer learning loss


Becoming a Dad

Becoming a parent is big transition, not only for Mom’s but for Dad’s too.  On-line there are many resources that women can find to help them with parenting questions and becoming a mom.  There is also a fantastic website for Dads that is aimed at helping them with their transition to becoming a parent.

Dads Adventure is a website that offers a ton of research for fathers.  Greg Bishop founded the website out of his experiences growing up in a large family and taking care of babies.

Check this website out or pass it along to Dad’s that you know!