Helping your children with homework

By ParentsCanada staff on July 30, 2012
Clinical psychologist Dr. Kenneth Goldberg has come to the defence of kids who just can’t do their homework.

He says it’s not a behaviour or moral problem. It’s an educational block – and it’s not the child’s fault.

Between 10 and 25 percent of kids are homework-trapped so that, no matter how bright they are, they can’t do their homework. He wants parents and schools to:
  • identify ‘under the radar’
  • learning problems
  • stop focussing on what the child ‘should’ do
  • stop assuming that punishment or other consequences can change the behaviour.

If your child has a problem with getting homework done, check out: The Homework Trap, How to Save the Sanity of Parents, Students and Teachers, or visit

Originally published in ParentsCanada magazine, August/September 2012.

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