9 Make homework your child’s responsibility Middle school students must be responsible for keeping track of their assignments, completing their assignments accurately, and turning them in on time. Unfortunately, not all students take this responsibility as seriously as they should. When students routinely don’t do their homework, parents sometimes become frustrated and upset. Of course, middle school students are likely to view any parental concern or questioning as nagging. While parents dislike arguing about homework, most parents don’t want to just stand by and do nothing. In these situa- tions, it’s possible for parents to unintentionally turn the completion of homework into their problem. If your middle schooler is not doing his/her homework, first make sure 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. Of course, this isn’t always easy to do. On the following page you will find examples of how two parents made the completion of homework their child’s responsibility. Remind your child to use any “free time” during the school day to get started on homework. Students who use their class time wisely have a lot less to do at night. Teach time management In order for students to keep up with their school work, after-school activi- ties, and responsibilities at home, middle school students need to be able to manage their time effectively. Discuss the concept of time management with your child and help him/her begin to develop good time management skills. Most middle school students have a significant amount of homework. Some students want to get their homework done right after school; oth- ers want to take a break and do their homework later. Help your child determine the best time to do homework and encourage your child to stick to his/her plan.