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How to deal with homework stress

How to deal with homework stress

How to deal with homework stress

Is “homework time” at your house a time for stress? Frustration?

Psychotherapist Dr. Erin Leonard shares a few things parents can do to help a child with homework and test stress and regulate anxiety and negative emotions.

  1. Help the child identify what they are feeling

Is it frustration because he or she doesn’t “get it?” Is there anxiety about doing the assignment incorrectly and getting in trouble? Perhaps the child is fearful he or she will feel “dumb” when confronted with material he or she does not understand when the rest of his/her classmates seem to easily master it.

After narrowing down the feeling, honor it by saying something like, “You have a lot of work. It is overwhelming. You are not sure where to start.”

Or
“You are frustrated. I can tell. You are not sure how to do this work and everyone else “gets it.” That is frustrating and I bet you feel pretty alone.”

  1. Reassure, encourage, and partner with the child. Sit with the kiddo for a few minutes until he or she gets started. Occasionally, an empathic presence in close proximity can help transform a child’s negative energy into positive energy.
  2. Break up the homework into small and manageable parts. Ask the child what the easiest subject is and have him or her take that assignment out. Put the rest of the work out of sight and say, “Let’s just start with this.” After the child completes one subject, he or she may feel less overwhelmed and ready to start another assignment.
  3. If the child has a melt down in the middle of homework, invite the child to take a 5 minute break and participate in an activity that may soothe and ground him or her.

a. Five minutes of fresh air
b. Cuddling with a pet for 5 minutes
c. Relaxation exercises such as, deep breathing and tensing & relaxing

Helping with Test Anxiety

  1. Four deep breathes
  2. Tensing and relaxing

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Hundreds attend Young Black Males Matter Day at the Statehouse

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The Indiana Statehouse is an entirely new experience for 17-year-old Jadon Watkins.

“It’s my first time being here,” said Watkins, who is from Gary. “It’s just a good environment.”

He joined upwards of 300 young black men for this year’s Young Black Males Matter Day at the Statehouse Tuesday.

“We want the youth to be inspired. That they can be more than what they have been stereotyped to be. They can be the governor, they can be the lieutenant governor, they can be a member of the Indiana General Assembly,” said James Garrett Jr., the executive director of the Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males.

The young men, ages 12-18, heard from some state lawmakers, got Statehouse tours and some real advice, such as ignoring peer pressure that tries to take you down the wrong path, which is always on the mind of Kendall Matthews.

“I feel like it’s a lot of good advice. Sometimes you’ve got to try new things. It’s not that we don’t want to do nothing. It’s just that we don’t know how to do it. I feel that if we get example on how to do things, we’ll be able to do better,” Kendall Matthews, a 17-year-old student at George Washington High School, explained to News 8.

Another topic of conversation was violence in Indianapolis.

“Instead of other black men bringing each other up, I feel like they bring each other down. That’s what causes black men to kill other black men,” said Kelen Blinks, a 17-year-old George Washington High School student.

On Tuesday, the young men learned they already possess some of the keys to help solve the city’s violence crisis.

“In order to stem the violence that’s happening here in Indianapolis or any of the communities across the state of Indiana, we need their voice. We need their input into solutions to resolve the violence,” Garrett Jr. said.

Statehouse organizers say the voices of these young men, including Watkins, are critical in the decisions that affect every Hoosier.

Organizers are already planning next year’s event. Every young man News 8 talked to Tuesday said they will remember what they learned at the event.

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