14 Help with time management Most high school students have a significant amount of homework. Many also have extracurricular activities, part-time jobs, and responsibilities at home. In order for high school students to keep up with their schoolwork, activities, and other responsibilities, they need to develop good time- management skills. Talk to your child about the importance of time management and encour- age your child to use any “free time” during the school day to get started on homework. Also encourage your child to get in the habit of creating a daily study plan. While it’s best for students to have a regular time to study every day, this may not be possible if students have after school commitments. The important thing is that students create a study plan that works for them. Deal effectively with homework High school students must be responsible for keeping track of their assignments, completing their assignments accu­ rately, and turning them in on time. Of course, not all students take this responsibility as seriously as they should. When students routinely don’t do their homework, parents often become frustrated and upset. Of course, high school students are likely to view any parental concern or questioning as nagging. While parents dislike arguing about homework, most parents don’t feel they can just stand by and do nothing. In these situations, it is possible for parents to unintentionally turn the completion of homework into their problem. If your child is not doing his/her homework, you first need to talk to your child to make sure that the homework isn’t too difficult, or that there isn’t some problem with the class. You then need to come up with a plan in which the completion of homework becomes your child’s responsibility, and if it’s not completed, your child’s problem. On the following page is an example of how one parent made the completion of homework the student’s responsibility.