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You may have won the battle—and convinced your kids to put their smartphones to bed—but we are here to help you win the homework war. From clutter to wall color, there are oh so many obstacles to a child’s productivity. Here, seven room-organizing sins…and how to fix them so you can all put the om back in homework.
Let's face it: Studying in bed is a recipe for disaster. Beds should be for sleep only; they really aren’t trampolines or work stations. If space is tight, consider creative solutions like pairing a small end table with a wall-mounted pegboard for storage.
A bright desk lamp with an adjustable head will keep the spotlight on the books (literally) and your little ones’ eyes from straining.
The name of the game is focus. Consider installing close-front cabinets to lock away eye-catching materials and activities.
That bright persimmon accent wall, rocketship decal and ceiling full of glow-in-the dark stick-on stars sure seemed like good ideas at the time. But when it comes to avoiding distraction, nothing beats a soothing white wall.
Walking around or pacing helps some children focus while they work on memorization or spelling. Others like to spread out on their bellies on the floor, which is A-ok, experts say. Thus, a study space should not be too confined.
While you’ll need to sit with kindergarteners to work through assignments, as kids get older, you should definitely step away. Independent thought, self-confidence, problem-solving—all can be fostered by removing the biggest (most loving) obstacle.
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