Homework is often performed at the kitchen table. Parents can help, motivate and cook dinner at the same time.
However, the kitchen is often the busiest room in the house and can be chaotic, especially with a large family. This can be hugely distracting and turn a homework which should take only 10 minutes into an activity which lasts all evening - much to everyone's frustration.
One idea, especially if a working area isn't available, is to simply turn the student around so that they are facing the wall. Maybe even noise counseling headphones. Reducing the family chaos and distraction is the perfect solution but the next best thing is to train them to 'ignore'. Great training for shutting out a classroom and focusing.
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