Tips for juggling toddlers textbooks By Angela Kennedy David Ellis

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					                Tips for juggling toddlers, textbooks
By Angela Kennedy

        David Ellis’ book Becoming a Master         you away from them. Rather, it becomes
Student suggests the following diversions for       something you do together.
children when Mom or Dad needs to study.
                                                    Even when you can’t do everything, just
Plan tasks for your child                           do something
         You can set up a desk for children,                  Even if you can’t comprehend an
just like yours, and even offer rewards for         entire chapter while the kids are running past
getting their “assignments” done. While they        your desk, skim the chapter. Or just read the
color, play with stickers or flip through a         introduction and summary. When you can’t
children’s book, you can review your notes.         get it all done, get something done.

Allow for interruptions                             Attend to your child first, then your
         It’s possible that you’ll still be         studies
interrupted, even if you set up child activities             Keep the books out of sight when you
in advance. Try to schedule the kind of             first come home. Take 10 minutes to hug your
studying where you can afford to be                 child before you settle into study. Ask about
interrupted. For instance, write out or review      the child’s day, then explain that you have
flash cards with key terms and definitions.         some work to do. Your child may reward you
Save the tasks that require sustained attention     with 30 minutes of quiet time. A short time of
for other times, such as after children go to       full, focused attention from an adult is often
bed or before they wake up.                         more satisfying to children than longer periods
                                                    of partial attention.
Build study time into your schedule
         See if you can arrange for time to         Develop a routine
study at school before you come home. If you                One option is to develop a regular
can arrive at school 15 minutes early and stay      time for studying: “From 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. each
15 minutes late, you’ll be able to squeeze in an    afternoon is time for me to do my homework.”
extra half-hour of study time that day. Also        Let your child know this schedule, then
look for study time between classes.                enforce it.

Use TV creatively                                   Find a playmate
         Another option is to use television as a           Find a regular playmate for your child.
babysitter when you can control the                 Some children can pair off with close friends
programming. Rent a videotape for your child        and safely retreat to their rooms for hours of
to watch as you study. If you’re concerned          private play. You can check on them
about your child becoming a “couch potato,”         occasionally and still get lots of work done.
select educational programs that keep your
child intellectually active.
                                                    Counseling Today • September 2005, p. 29
Ask for cooperation
        Tell your children how important
studying is to you and how you appreciate
their cooperation. Reward them with attention
and praise when they are quiet. When they are
included in the process, children are less likely
to resent schoolwork as something that takes

				
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