Schoolwork assignments add another set of variables that goes beyond the immediate scope of the parent-child relationship. If you tell your child to take out the garbage, or take a few minutes to read to his little brother, the interaction is primarily between you and your son. However, if the task is to complete a schoolwork assignment, there may be important factors influencing your child that are not immediately obvious. This is true even for homeschoolers. Any time your child interacts with an outside source of direction or information, parents must be alert. Wisdom, discernment, and patience are required to understand your child's reaction to that outside source. It is in these moments when you prepare your children to deal with the world outside of your home, for the time when they will leave home.
If your child is slow or troubled by a schoolwork assignment, don't automatically assume he is being lazy or irresponsible. It is important to take the time to understand why the assignment is not going well. Discipline appropriate to schoolwork struggles, discipline that benefits your child and honors God, is an art form.
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