January Asset of the Month: Homework


Homework! Homework! Homework!

Spending time every day on homework has been shown help young people become thriving, contributing adults. 

Parents, youth-serving professionals, aunties, uncles and family friends in Durango, Ignacio and Bayfield are asking themselves this month's essential question and working to make homework a positive experience.  

You can help build the January Asset of the Month #24 Homework with these simple tips: 

• Sit near your children while they are doing their homework and do your own work like balancing a checkbook, writing a letter, reading work-related materials, etc.

• When your child asks for help, give guidance and ask questions but let them work it out for themselves. Children only have to do their best, not your best!

• Talk with your neighbors and see if they are willing to be subject matter experts for your child on topics you may not know much about. This will increase neighborhood bonds and widen the circle of “homework helpers”.

• Encourage teens to form a study group to help each other with challenging school work.

• Encourage your children in after school programs to do at least part of their homework there so you have more free family time together in the evening.

Source: Search Institute 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents

Asset #23       Homework | Young person reports doing at least one hour of homework every school day. Local Data: 55% of La Plata County youth report doing homework as described in Asset #23. (Assets Survey 2015)


To schedule a Developmental Assets Workshop for youth and/or adults or a presentation of La Plata County Assets data, contact Cody Goss at cody@ourhealthycommunities.org

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