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Updated on Aug 27, 2013

Be sure she works harder than you.

It’s easy to start taking over your daughter’s homework, especially at the beginning of the year. Remember, she’ll benefit only from her efforts, not yours.

Protect what’s most important.

“The truth is that the quality of a child’s relationship with his parents is a better predictor of his success than how well you police his homework,” Fay says. If you demonstrate a love for learning, your son will do the same because he wants to be like you. Start the school year by protecting and nurturing your relationship with your child – even if he doesn’t follow your advice – and you’ll not only have that relationship forever, but you’ll be doing a better job of helping him succeed both in school and in life.

Battling with kids over homework is as miserable for kids as it is for parents. Starting the school year by allowing your child to handle her homework her way – even if you don’t always agree with her choices – enables her to make safe mistakes early, so she can learn valuable lessons that will benefit her in everything she does. “It’s called speeding up real life,” says Fay. It also frees her from viewing learning as a miserable coercion. Instead, she experiences it for what it really is: an enjoyable life-long adventure.

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