Food, Healthy Living, Natural Foods, Parenting

Why We Do Homework Before Play


Having raised three boys who are now 8, 18 and 24 we have done our fair share of trying different routines. The older 2 boys are my stepson’s who I have helped my husband raise for the past 12 years. The youngest is our son together so it has been years of homework, studying, all grade levels and playtime. Since the oldest was in middle school we would have them come home, get a quick snack and do homework. Any reading time was saved for bedtime. Then we would end with play until dinner and after dinner.

Our youngest is in the third grade and things did a shift this year on us. His school decided to do away with homework for grade 3. Instead they wanted to keep schoolwork at school and playtime and family time for home. I was actually very excited about this. I have talked to my son and told him that this won’t always be the case each year, but that this homework break won’t be without learning play. Although there is no homework, we were given 2 sets of log-ins for our 3rd graders- one is Typing Club and the other is an Online subject learn they do in class and can do at home too. So, I have him do those as ‘homework’ even though it is not required. It is fun learning though. This way play remains a motivator and a positive.


Even today he came home, grabbed a CLIF Kid Zbar® and logged onto his online learning. More important than practice or homework is having nutritious snacks available for him after school. He is starved when he gets home and dinner is not too far away. If I feed him to little he wants to keep snacking right up to dinner time and then he does not eat his meal. The CLIF Kid option gives him just the right amount of fullness and he is able to eat dinner later on. He will even eat it as he starts his work at home since they are portable snacks.


Having a routine is a positive all in itself, but a routine of homework before play works well for several reasons:

  • It instills the importance of schoolwork being a priority in their young lives
  • It gets the work out of the way so they can truly feel free the rest of the day
  • We stay organized as parents. While they do homework, we read go-home folders and sign or complete tasks from the school. It all goes in backpack and ready for the next day.
  • Our evenings stay on track-no lost time from showering or reading and bedtimes
  • It makes playtime feel like a reward- a positive.


When you decide to give schoolwork a place and get the kids used to a routine, they appreciate knowing the schedule for the night. Adding a nutritious snack is another great benefit to their growing mind and bodies. The CLIF Kid ZBars® that my son prefers also sends a message about the importance of play. CLIF Kid knows how difficult it is to fit playtime in around all the other activities back-to-school brings. By getting creative and establishing a routine, you’ll be sure your kids are healthy and thriving all year long. Eating these snacks means your child is getting nutritious snacks from organic ingredients. They are specially-crafted for kids’ developing taste buds and active lives.


The CLIF Kid Bar® come in several organic flavors. They are made with organic ingredients, are non-GMO and no HFCS or artificial ingredients. Hand them a snack, sit them down and get that homework out of the way so you can fit in scheduled active play time. Perhaps the weather keeps you indoors. You can pull out the board games like we do. It really takes the entire family to stay with a routine and you all benefit from it is multiple ways. Especially when the kids are motivated to get up and play.


What playtime activities does your child enjoy you participating in with them?


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Education, Parenting, STEM Learning

Essential Ways Moms Can Help Their Child’s Education At Home!

There has been much research which has found that parents are one of the top influences in a kid’s life. If they take no interest in their kid’s education, there is a significant effect on their achievement. Therefore, you need to make sure you guide your child to do well in their studies when they are at home. Here are some essential ways moms can help their child’s education at home.

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Start teaching them skills early

You need to start working on your kid’s education as early as possible to ensure they do well when they get to school. Therefore, you need to start teaching them about reading and writing when they are younger. It might be as simple as making sure you are reading them a story before they go to sleep and letting them read some of the words aloud. Or get them to help you write a letter to granny or a friend so that they can practice writing. You can also find many activity books which can help preschool kids learning such as this Leapfrog system. It appears to kids as a fun game, but it’s a great interactive way to help them get ready for school.


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Make them a study area

It’s so important that your child has a quiet area to complete their school homework in your property. You don’t want them to sit somewhere that they will be distracted. Therefore, it’s worth creating a study where they can complete their homework in peace and quiet. Or if you don’t have a spare room, you can make a study area in their bedroom for them to get on with their work. You can easily find great desks online such as these school desks which can easily be placed in their room. They will get in the same mind frame as at school and will get on with their homework.


Keep an eye on their homework

You need to make sure you get involved with their homework as much as possible. When they get back from school, you need to ensure you ask what they have got from each lesson. You might be able to work with them to create a homework schedule. And keeping an eye on what they have for each lesson will ensure you can make sure they complete them on time. When it comes to homework, you should offer your help whatever age they are. They may refuse it as a teen, but at least they know they can ask you for help if necessary.



Support their life skills

One of the best things parents can do with their kids at home to support their education is help them with life skills. Let them get involved when you are cooking in the kitchen as they may pick up skills they can use at school. For example, this article reveals, baking cookies can help them with science and nutrition. Even going out and doing some gardening will help your kids at school as they will understand more about science!

Arrange study groups for your kid and their friends

A lot of children find it easier to learn when they work in groups. Therefore, you should consider organizing a study group for your kid and their friends at home. Of course, you will need to make sure they are doing homework and not just playing. But it can help them both bounce different ideas of each other, and they will both learn. Also, as they are together, they are not likely to see it as a chore!


Limit their use of computer and television

It’s so important that you make sure you are limiting your kid’s use of the computer and television at home. Watching too much television and surfing the net can affect your kid’s education. And as this article says, the average child spends far more time doing this than completing their homework! Therefore, give them a set amount of time they can use these devices so that it does leave an adequate amount of time to do homework!

Talk to your child

You need to make sure you are having proper conversations with your child if you want to help their education. After all, speaking to them can boost their confidence and talking skills. As this feature explains, ask for their opinion as they can learn how to think more efficiently.

It’s so important to reward your kids when they do well at school if you want to help their education. By giving them praise and encouragement, they will want to make an effort to achieve an even better score next time! And remember to ask the teacher for advice on what you can do at home. They will be happy you are trying to help develop their education at home.