For many working moms, it can be difficult to try to be there with your kids to work them through their homework problems.
Long or even odd hours at work can keep you from spending as much time doing school work as they may need. There are ways we can help our kids improve their grades even when we can't always be there.
It's a problem many struggle with, trying to make sure my kids get their homework done, and making sure it's done right.
Beth Dotson is an educator who says even something as simple as You Tube on the internet can help. Dotson owns Huntington Learning Center in Daphne.
As an educator and mom herself, she knows how difficult it can be for many parents to try to help their children with homework, and how sometimes as a result, they can fall behind in class.
She has one key recommendation to get through homework and school. "You have to be organized, make your child organized," said Dotson
Dotson said something as simple as homework folders can make a world of difference.
Each child can keep a file of their subject, when they're done you check them before papers go back into book bags.
Another suggestion: a homework reward system.
With a reward system Dotson said remember there should also be consequences.
If the work is not done, she says, your child needs to know it's not just they won't get a reward, there's also some type of punishment they will have to face.
Now when it comes to homework your child may have, that you yourself don't really understand, Dotson says turn to the internet.
"You can actually go with your child to YouTube, you can pull up a subject and watch a teacher teaching it. Then you can print off work sheets for your child to do."
if you see your child has really fallen behind in their school work, Dotson recommends you contact a professional immediately. There are some schools which offer tutoring after school. Some kids may need one on one tutoring.
She says you don't want your child to fall so far behind, they can't catch-up.