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How to Help Your Sibling with Homework

Last Updated: February 8, 2024

This article was co-authored by Alexander Ruiz, M.Ed. . Alexander Ruiz is an Educational Consultant and the Educational Director of Link Educational Institute, a tutoring business based in Claremont, California that provides customizable educational plans, subject and test prep tutoring, and college application consulting. With over a decade and a half of experience in the education industry, Alexander coaches students to increase their self-awareness and emotional intelligence while achieving skills and the goal of achieving skills and higher education. He holds a BA in Psychology from Florida International University and an MA in Education from Georgia Southern University. This article has been viewed 37,087 times.

We've all been there—a younger (or older) sibling is struggling with a school assignment and asks for help with their homework. While it can be flattering to be asked for help, and often fun to work on an assignment together with your sibling, sometimes it's tough to know how best to help them with their homework. Finding the time to work together with your sibling can be difficult, but also rewarding. You can help your sibling with their homework by monitoring their efforts and helping them when they struggle, and also by making sure they stay focused and take breaks when needed.

Preparing to Help with Your Sibling's Homework

Step 1 Find out what the exact assignment is.

  • Which subject is your sibling working on? Are they writing an essay, or solving multiple-choice questions?
  • Look over a hard copy of your sibling's assignment. If they're confused, read over the assignment with them.

Step 2 Ask your sibling what is causing them to struggle.

  • “What don't you understand about the assignment?”
  • “What methods did the teacher ask you to use when you work on this homework?”
  • It may be the case that your sibling misunderstands a small point, and once you explain this to them, they will excel on the rest of their homework.

Step 3 Help your sibling put together a homework schedule.

  • Have your sibling schedule their homework for a single block of time, before dinner, and without TV or other distractions.
  • Don't wear yourself out with helping your sibling. Try to avoid helping with their homework every day; limit yourself to two or three days a week.

Step 4 Ask your sibling where they prefer to work.

  • For example, your sibling may prefer to work in the relative quiet of a bedroom or study room.
  • Alternately, they may prefer to work in the busy and stimulating atmosphere of a kitchen or dining room.
  • If your sibling is in high school or college, you could take them to a coffee shop or café and help them work there.

Working with Your Sibling on Homework

Step 1 Help your sibling when they struggle.

  • Show your sibling the error they have made, and ask if they have ideas about how to fix it.
  • If your sibling does not understand a core concept of the assignment, explain it to them, but do not complete the homework for them.
  • Come up with a model or example of a problem similar to the one your sibling is struggling with, then ask them to think through the example you created and solve it. You may be able to find such models and examples online, as well as tutorials that walk you through the process, which can be a helpful learning tool.

Step 2 Ask your sibling to try again if they've made a mistake.

  • While you're working with your sibling, say things to encourage their work, such as, “You're doing a great job; this is a tough subject to work on,” or, “I'm proud of how much progress you've made so far.”

Step 3 Create drawings and...

  • Explain the topic to your sibling and ask them to create a drawing about the term described. This is especially useful in fields like math or science.

Step 4 Show your sibling online instructional videos.

  • Youtube has a wealth of instructional videos. Start here, and branch out into other sites if Youtube does not have what you're looking for.
  • This will work for siblings at any level—there are many useful instructional videos for high-school (or even college-) age students.

Step 5 Explain the reasoning behind an answer.

  • Rather than simply handing out answers, explain the concept underlying your sibling's homework, and see if they can work out for themselves how the problem should be solved.

Step 6 Take a break when your sibling starts to show fatigue.

  • Suppose your sibling has 1 hour of homework. Break for a maximum of 10 minutes after half an hour.
  • Eat a healthy snack. You may have fruits, juice, milk, or crackers in your break time. Have a light snack and start with your assignments again.

Letting Your Sibling Learn for Themselves

Step 1 Encourage your sibling to learn.

  • Ask your sibling to explain the answer of a problem. This will test if they understand the problem for themselves, or are just parroting your answer back to you.

Step 2 Do not complete the assignment for your sibling.

  • For example, if there are three similar math problems, you could show your sibling how to solve the first one, and let them solve the second and third problems on their own. Note if the subsequent problems get more difficult and make sure your sibling understands how to complete the additional steps, if applicable.

Step 3 Encourage your sibling's work.

  • A local public library. This will have books and reference materials that can help your sibling learn more about any subject.
  • Useful websites. Aim to find academic reference sites that your sibling can refer to. Focus on sites that end in .edu, .org, or .gov as .com sites are commercially based and may provide biased information.
  • For younger children, show them where they can find school supplies such as pencil, paper, crayons, and markers in the home.

Expert Q&A

Alexander Ruiz, M.Ed.

  • Finish with the difficult assignments first. Ask your sibling to do the easier work later on. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
  • Do not ask your sibling to finish their homework right after they get home from school. Let them take a few minutes to rest, have a snack, etc.—then start the homework. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
  • Make sure to leave yourself enough time to complete your own homework, if you're still in school. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0

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  • ↑ Alexander Ruiz, M.Ed.. Educational Consultant. Expert Interview. 4 August 2020.
  • ↑ http://www.mathnook.com/blog/2012/10/28/how-do-i-help-my-children-with-their-homework/
  • ↑ https://www.noodle.com/articles/managing-homework-help-from-older-siblings

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My brother is the person who always helps me do my homework.

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According to a recent study, parental involvement is strongly associated with high performance on a standardized test that measures 15-year-olds’ reading comprehension as well as math and science problem-solving. Do your parents support your learning? Did they read to you when you were little? Do you think their level of involvement now has anything to do with your test scores and grades?

In his Op-Ed column “How About Better Parents?” Thomas L. Friedman argues that involved parents, as well as excellent teachers, are needed to improve the scores of American students on international tests. He explains the new findings about the Program for International Student Assessment exam, or PISA:

To better understand why some students thrive taking the PISA tests and others do not, Andreas Schleicher, who oversees the exams for the O.E.C.D., was encouraged by the O.E.C.D. countries to look beyond the classrooms. So starting with four countries in 2006, and then adding 14 more in 2009, the PISA team went to the parents of 5,000 students and interviewed them “about how they raised their kids and then compared that with the test results” for each of those years, Schleicher explained to me. Two weeks ago, the PISA team published the three main findings of its study: “Fifteen-year-old students whose parents often read books with them during their first year of primary school show markedly higher scores in PISA 2009 than students whose parents read with them infrequently or not at all. The performance advantage among students whose parents read to them in their early school years is evident regardless of the family’s socioeconomic background. Parents’ engagement with their 15-year-olds is strongly associated with better performance in PISA.” Schleicher explained to me that “just asking your child how was their school day and showing genuine interest in the learning that they are doing can have the same impact as hours of private tutoring. It is something every parent can do, no matter what their education level or social background.”

Students: Tell us how you feel about your parents’ role in your education. Did your parents read to you when you were young? Do they take an interest in your schooling now? Do they do things like checking in with you about homework, rewarding you when you do well or talking about what you are learning? Do you think you would perform better in school if your parents took greater interest in your education?

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My parents do take a role in my education. When I was in first grade, my parents read a book to me everyday.They still do take an interest in my schooling. In fact, my dad taught me the basic concepts of grammar and algebra. These two things brought me a successful quarter in school. My parents check my grade on PowerSchool, and they ask about what’s going wrong if I have a bad grade in school. I think that if my parents weren’t doing these things, I wouldn’t be able to have straight A’s.

My parents have helped me with my homework and helped me learn to talk and read when i was younger. Now that I’m older I do all of my homework at school.

I think that my parents are interested in my learning and support it completely. I mean, if they didn’t support my learning, would I be in school as of right now? My parents ask me everyday what happened in school, and mainly I tell them everything’s going fine, but then I get more in depth of what my day consisted of. What homework I got and what interesting things happened.

My parents are very supportive in my education. They buy me books to read and buy me the things I need for school.My parents are very proud of me when I get good grades. They love when I try my hardest.

I don’t remember them reading to us. They aren’t really involved in my school stuff, nor do i get rewards. I don’t think it’ll help

i think my father and mother support me. my mother and i think my father used to read to me when i was young. my father hasnt help me be who i am right now and how envolved i am in school

I think that my parents role in my education is good. When I was young my mother read to me. My parents do take an interest in my schooling. They do not reward me for good grades. I think that if my parents were more involved in my learning I might get better grades, but I don’t care.

My mother did read to me as a child. My parents also take a huge interest in my schooling and my grades. They usually keep up with my mid quarter and quarter grades.

When i was young my parents read to me. When i was young they also got rewards for my grades, but now they just kind of expect the good grades from me. Now that I am older they say good job, but they don’t really talk to me about school anymore, and I dont want to talk about it either. I usually change the subject when they ask me.

My parents really push me into a higher learning. They provide me with materials needed to succeed and they help me if I am struggling. Before I am allowed to do anything recreational, they ask that I do my homework. They aren’t too strict because they feel that it is important for me to take care of responsibilities, and that I should take care of myself when it comes to assignments.

Yeah, my parents play a huge role in my studies and yeas they read to me when I was young and also help me study for tests and ask if i have hw. My parents help me with all my studies and also help my brother.

My parents take my eduation very serious. They always tell me that I owe them one thing, and that’s a High School Diploma. They never really read to me when I was child. But they always told me that if i read it would help me a lot. in the furtrue. My parents always tell me that ” Without a High school degree, You won’t make it far.” . And I know it’s true. When it comes to education my parents support me 100%

I believe that my parents do take part in my education and that their interest has made a difference in my education and success. They used to read to me when I was little and have always supported and encouraged me to get good grades. I also believe that being bilingual has helped me think in new ways which are beneficial to my education. All in all, my parents are always concerned and interested in my education.

No my parents didn’t read to me. Yes they care about my schooling. They do when they get my report card, if it is good they usually give me money or something. Yes i think i would do better but my parents are doing all they can to help me in school.

My parent(s) do support my learning, my mom especially . She makes sure that I get the education that I will need in the future. It important for me to get a good education so incan go to the college that I want to go to . She also makes sure that I do my best on everything and that i don’t slack off while doing homework or studying. In addition, she gets the right learning tools for me , such as a dictionary, for all subjects. With this I can understand terms and common subject expressions. All in all, , my parents definitely support my learning.

My mom never pushed me to do my best, and built up my confidence in school. I’ve only recently started to pick up my grades after a long-lasting decline in GPA. I finally gave myself the self-motivation needed.

My parents care about my grade because they are always asking me if I have my homework done and they often check my bag for the homework and make sure it is done.

My parents role in my education is to buy me what I need and sometimes give me a ride. They taught me to read on my own when I was 4 or so. My mother is interested to see how I’m doing, when I have a test she asks how I did and she occasionally asks how my grades are. She makes me do my homework when I have it. I don’t think their level of interest has anything to do with how well I’m doing. I do most things on my own and I don’t really care if she’s happy with me so it doesn’t affect me much.

My Mom has always showed a great intreats in my education, partially because she was my teacher. Since i am now in public school my mom always asks me when i come home how my day was and what i did in my classes. My Mom did use to read to me when i was younger( she was my teacher). My mom does show a great interest in my school work, even now. She always requests to see what i have written for say an English paper. My mom does constantly ask me about my homework, thats actually the number one thing she asks me about everyday. I do not know how much more my Mom could become involved with my education, unless i had become home schooled again, but i would say that my mom being so involved with my education has helped me succeed.

My parents play a huge role in my education and always have. They’re always pushing me to strive for a higher grade. My mom is always checking my grades to make sure I stay on top of them. I appreciate that they do care about my grades in school, otherwise I may not have the grades that I do now.

When I was very little my mom and dad would read to me and my sisters every night. My mom also used to be very involved in the school doing the read with me program and going to my IEP meetings. Now she does that for my brother and is less involved in school things and doesn’t really ask how school was or what we learned today or anything. My mom is too busy with the rest of the kids to ask if we are doing our homework. She told me that she asked when we were little and that should count for something but, now we are on our own. I’ve never gotten rewarded for doing well in school. I do think that if it seemed like my mom was interested in what I was doing I would try harder.

My parents do support my learning. My parents always make sure I do good. Whenever I have a test, they make sure I study so I get a good grade. I am happy they care about my grades because it makes me want to do well. My parents also make sure I do my homework. Therefore, my parents do support my learning and I appreciate that.

My parents play a big part in my education. Ever since I was little, My parents encouraged me to do well in school and succeed in everything I do. They know that in order to do well in the rest of my life, I need to do well in school. Also I am encouraged to excel with my education because my mom is a teacher so she knows what my teachers expect of me. I think this is an advantage. When i’m doing projects, I find out her opinion on my work so that I can get feedback. Then after I find out her opinion on my work, I make changes so that I do well when I hand it in.

My mom and dad definitely support my learning. My parents always help me study and they make sure I try my best on everything. She likes me to go to as many extra helps as I can, so I get very good grades. My parents like to know also when I have upcoming events so they can ask me if I studied. They are constantly asking me if I did my homework. Some people probably think that’s annoying, but sometimes my parents remind me to do things that I forgot to do. My parent’s definitely support my education and want me to learn as much as I can.

My parents take a big role in my life when it comes to school. They always read to me when I was little before bed and when I first started school they always wanted to know how I did. Although they don’t even have to ask me anymore, it’s a routine and I tell them all the time. When my report cards come in they always are impressed and they are speechless as they would say. I think if they didn’t push me to become a good student from when I was little then I think I would have been doing really bad in school and be a disgrace to the family as I would feel. My dad still pushes me really hard because both my parents and I want me to get into a good college and be successful like my dad.

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The Homework Battle: How to Get Children to Do Homework

By debbie pincus, ms lmhc.

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Parents often feel it’s their job to get their kids to do well in school. Naturally, you might get anxious about this responsibility as a parent. You might also get nervous about your kids succeeding in life—and homework often becomes the focus of that concern.

But when parents feel it’s their responsibility to get their kids to achieve, they now need something from their children—they need them to do their homework and be a success. I believe this need puts you in a powerless position as a parent because your child doesn’t have to give you what you want.

The battle about homework becomes a battle over control. Your child starts fighting to have more control over the choices in their life, while you feel that your job as a parent is to be in control of things. So you both fight harder, and it turns into a war in your home.

Over the years, I’ve talked to many parents who are in the trenches with their kids, and I’ve seen firsthand that there are many creative ways kids rebel when it comes to schoolwork. Your child might forget to do their homework, do their homework but not hand it in, do it sloppily or carelessly, or not study properly for their test. These are just a few ways that kids try to hold onto the little control they have.

When this starts happening, parents feel more and more out of control, so they punish, nag, threaten, and argue. Some parents stop trying altogether to get their children to do homework. Or, and this is common, parents will over-function for their kids by doing the work for them.

Now the battle is in full swing: reactivity is heightened as anxiety is elevated—and homework gets lost in the shuffle. The hard truth for parents is that you cannot make your children do anything, let alone homework. But what you can do is to set limits, respect their individual choices, and help motivate them to motivate themselves.

You might be thinking to yourself, “You don’t know my child. I can’t motivate him to do anything.” Many parents tell me that their children are not motivated to do their work. I believe that children are motivated—they just may not be motivated the way you’d like them to be. Keep reading for some concrete tips to help you guide them in their work without having to nag, threaten, or fight with them.

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Also, keep in mind that if you carry more of the worry, fear, disappointments, and concern than your child does about their work, ask yourself, “What’s wrong with this picture, and how did this happen?” Remember, as long as you carry their concerns, they don’t have to.

Stop the Nightly Fights

The way you can stop fighting with your kids over homework every night is to stop fighting with them tonight. Disengage from the dance. Choose some different steps or decide not to dance at all. Let homework stay where it belongs—between the teacher and the student. Stay focused on your job, which is to help your child do their job. Don’t do it for them.

If you feel frustrated, take a break from helping your child with homework. Your blood pressure on the rise is a no-win for everyone. Take five or ten minutes to calm down, and let your child do the same if you feel a storm brewing.

Create Structure Around Homework Time

Set limits around homework time. Here are a few possibilities that I’ve found to be effective with families:

  • Homework is done at the same time each night.
  • Homework is done in a public area of your house.
  • If grades are failing or falling, take away screen time so your child can focus and have more time to concentrate on their work.
  • Make it the rule that weekend activities don’t happen until work is completed. Homework comes first. As James Lehman says, “The weekend doesn’t begin until homework is done.”

Let Your Child Make Their Own Choices

I recommend that your child be free to make their own choices within the parameters you set around schoolwork. You need to back off a bit as a parent. Otherwise, you won’t be helping them with their responsibilities.

If you take too much control over the situation, it will backfire on you by turning into a power struggle. And believe me, you don’t want a power struggle over homework. I’ve seen many kids purposely do poorly just to show their parents who’s in charge. I’ve also seen children who complied to ease their parents’ anxiety, but these same kids never learned to think and make choices for themselves.

Let Your Child Own the Consequences of Their Choices

I’m a big believer in natural consequences when it comes to schoolwork. Within the structure you set up, your child has some choices. They can choose to do their homework or not. And they can choose to do it well and with effort or not. The natural consequences will come from their choices—if they don’t choose to do their work, their grades will drop.

When that happens, you can ask them some honest questions:

“Are you satisfied with how things are going?”

“What do you want to do about your grade situation?”

“How can I be helpful to you?”

Be careful not to be snarky or judgmental. Just ask the question honestly. Show honest concern and try not to show disappointment.

Intervene Without Taking Control

The expectation is that homework is done to the best of your child’s ability. When they stop making an effort, and you see their grades drop, that’s when you invite yourself in. You can say:

“It’s my job to help you do your job better. I’m going to help you set up a plan to help yourself, and I will check in to make sure you’re following it.”

Set up a plan with your child’s input to get them back on their feet. For example, the new rules might be that homework must be done in a public place in your home until they get their grades back up. You and your child might meet with the teacher to discuss disciplinary actions should their grades continue to drop.

In other words, you will help your child get back on track by putting a concrete plan in place. And when you see this change, you can step back out of it. But before that, your child is going to sit in a public space and you’re going to monitor their work.

You’re also checking in more. Depending on your child’s age, you’re making sure that things are checked off before they go out. You’re adding a half-hour of review time for their subjects every day. And then, each day after school, they’re checking with their teacher or going for some extra help.

Remember, this plan is not a punishment—it’s a practical way of helping your child to do their best.

“I Don’t Care about Bad Grades!”

Many parents will say that their kids just don’t care about their grades. My guess is that somewhere inside, they do care. “I don’t care” also becomes part of a power struggle.

In other words, your child is saying, “I’m not going to care because you can’t make me. You don’t own my life.” And they’re right. The truth is, you can’t make them care. Instead, focus on what helps their behavior improve. And focus more on their actions and less on their attitude because it’s the actions that matter the most.

Motivation Comes From Ownership

It’s important to understand that caring and motivation come from ownership. You can help your child be motivated by allowing them to own their life more.

So let them own their disappointment over their grades. Don’t feel it more than they do. Let them choose what they will do or not do about their homework and face the consequences of those choices. Now they will begin to feel ownership, which may lead to caring.

Let them figure out what motivates them, not have them motivated by fear of you. Help guide them, but don’t prevent them from feeling the real-life consequences of bad choices. Think of it this way: it’s better for your child to learn from those consequences at age ten by failing their grade and having to go to summer school than for them to learn at age 25 by losing their job.

When Your Child Has a Learning Disability

I want to note that it’s very important that you check to see that there are no other learning issues around your child’s refusal to do homework. If they’re having difficulty doing the work or are performing below grade-level expectations, they should be tested to rule out any learning disabilities or other concerns.

If there is a learning disability, your child may need more help. For example, some kids need a little more guidance; you may need to sit near your child and help a little more. You can still put structures into place depending on who your child is.

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But be careful. Many times, kids with learning disabilities get way too much help and develop what psychologists call learned helplessness . Be sure you’re not over-functioning for your learning disabled child by doing their work for them or filling in answers when they’re capable of thinking through them themselves.

The Difference Between Guidance and Over-Functioning

Your child needs guidance from you, but understand that guidance does not mean doing their spelling homework for them. Rather, it’s helping them review their words. When you cross the line into over-functioning, you take on your child’s work and put their responsibilities on your shoulders. So you want to guide them by helping them edit their book report themselves or helping them take the time to review before a test. Those can be good ways of guiding your child, but anything more than that is taking too much ownership of their work.

If your child asks for help, you can coach them. Suggest that they speak with their teacher on how to be a good student and teach them those communication skills. In other words, show them how to help themselves. So you should not back off altogether—it’s that middle ground that you’re looking for. That’s why I think it’s essential to set up a structure. And within that structure, you expect your child to do what they have to do to be a good student.

Focus on Your Own Goals

When you start over-focusing on your child’s work, pause and think about your own goals and what do you need to get done to achieve those goals. Model your own persistence and perseverance to your child.

Believe In Your Child

I also tell parents to start believing in their children. Don’t keep looking at your child as a fragile creature who can’t do the work. I think we often come to the table with fear and doubt—we think if we don’t help our kids, they’re just not going to do it.

But as much as you say, “I’m just trying to help you,” what your child hears is, “You’re a failure; I don’t believe you can do it on your own.”

Instead, your message should be, “I know you can do it. And I believe in you enough to let you make your own choices and deal with the consequences.”

Related content: What Can I Do When My Child Refuses to Go to School? “My Child Refuses to Do Homework” — How to Stop the Nightly Struggle Over Schoolwork

For more information on the concept of learned helplessness in psychology and behavior, we recommend the following articles:

Psychology Today: Learned Helplessness

VeryWell Mind: What Is Learned Helplessness and Why Does it Happen?

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Frank My daughter Nina just turned 8 (Feb 11). She does not like to do homework one bit. Her teacher gives her homework every day except Friday. She loves Fridays because she doesn't like homework. She always hides her homework under her bed, refuses to do her homework, and in the More morning she tells her teacher "I lost it last night and can't find it!". She feels homework is a waste of time, yes, we all feel that way, but poor Nina needs to learn that homework is important to help you stay smart. She needs to start doing homework. How can I make her 2nd-grade brain know that homework is actually good? Is there a way to make her love, love, LOVE homework? Let me know.

Rebecca Wolfenden, Parent Coach We appreciate you writing in to Empowering Parents and sharing your story. Because we are a website aimed at helping people become more effective parents, we are limited in the advice and suggestions we can give to those outside of a direct parenting role. In addition to the tips in More the article above, it may be helpful to look into local resources to help you develop a plan for addressing these particular issues with your cousins, such as their doctor or their teachers. We wish you the best going forward. Take care.

Rebecca Wolfenden, Parent Coach I hear you. Homework can be a challenging, frustrating time in many families even under the best of circumstances, so you are not alone. When kids struggle with a subject, it can be even more difficult to get assignments completed. Although you didn’t indicate that your daughter More has ADHD, you might find some helpful tips in Why School is Hard for Kids with ADHD—and How You Can Help . Author Anna Stewart outlines techniques that can be useful to help make homework more interesting for kids with a variety of learning challenges in this article. You might also consider checking in with your daughter’s teacher, as s/he might have some additional ideas for engaging your daughter in her homework. Please be sure to write back and let us know how things are going for you and your family. Take care.

So, after reading this I get to say…GREAT…You really do not know my child.  We have done 100% of everything listed in this article.  In the end, my son has utterly declared “I DON’T CARE, AND I DON’T NEED SCHOOL”.  We have attempted a “reward” system as well, and that doesn’t work.  He cares about 3 or 4 things.  Nintendo DS, Lego, K’Nex, TV…all of those he has lost over the past year.  Now he reads, ALL the time.  Fine, but that doesn’t get his homework done.  It also doesn’t get anything else he needs to do done.  We’ve done “task boards”, we’ve done “Reward Systems”, we’ve done the “What is on your list to complete”.  EVERYTHING is met with either a full fledged meltdown (think 2 year old…on the floor, kicking and screaming and crying).  His IMMEDIATE response to ANYTHING that may interrupt him is “NO” or worse.  If something doesn’t go his way directly he throws a fit INSTANTLY, even if the response is “Give me a second” it’s NOW OR I’M DESTROYING SOMETHING.  He’s been suspended multiple times for his anger issues, and he’s only 10.  Unfortuantely we have no family history as he was adopted from Russia.  His “formal” diagnosis are ADHD and Anxiety.  I’m thinking there is something much more going on.  BTW: He did have an IQ test and that put him at 145 for Spacial and Geometric items, with a 136 for written and language.  His composite was 139, which puts him in the genius category, but he’s failing across the board…because he refuses to do the work.

Interesting article and comments. Our son (6th grade) was early diagnosed as ADHD and for the first 3 years of elementary school several of his teachers suggested he might require special education. But then the school counseling staff did a workup and determined that his IQ is 161 and from that point forward his classroom antics were largely tolerated as “eccentric”.  He has now moved to middle school (6th grade) and while his classroom participation seems to be satisfactory to all teachers, he has refused to do approximately 65% of his homework so far this school year. We have tried talking with him, reasoning with him, removing screen time, offering cash payments (which he lectures us as being unethical “bribes”), offering trips, offering hobbies and sporting events, and just about anything we can think of. Our other children have all been through the “talented and gifted” programs, but he simply refuses to participate in day-to-day school work. His fall report card was pretty much solid “F” or “O” grades. He may be bored out of his mind, or he may have some other issues. Unfortunately, home schooling is not an option, and neither is one of the $40,000 per year local private schools which may or may not be in a better position to deal with his approach to school.  Do “learning centers” work for kids like this? Paying somebody else to force him to do his homework seems like a coward’s solution but I am nearly at the end of my rope! Thanks..

RebeccaW_ParentalSupport 12yokosuka Many parents struggle with staying calm when their child is acting out and screaming, so you are not alone.  It tends to be effective to set up a structured time for kids to do their homework and study, and they can earn a privilege if they comply and meet More their responsibilities.  What this might look like for your daughter is that if she studies, she can earn her phone that day.  If she refuses, and chooses to argue or scream at you instead, then she doesn’t earn her phone that day and has another chance the next day.  You can read more about this in https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/end-the-nightly-homework-struggle-5-homework-strategies-that-work-for-kids/.  If you are also looking for resources to help you stay calm, I encourage you to check out our articles, blogs, and other resources on https://www.empoweringparents.com/article-categories/parenting-strategies-techniques/calm-parenting/.  Please let us know if you have any additional questions.  Take care.

Scott carcione 

I’m sorry to hear about the challenges you are experiencing with your

son.I also hear the different

approaches you and your ex are taking toward parenting your son.While it would be ideal if you were able to

find common ground, and present a consistent, united response to your son’s

choices, in the end, you can only https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/parenting-after-divorce-9-ways-to-parent-on-your-own-terms/.At

this point, it might be useful to meet with the school to discuss how you can

work together to hold your son accountable for his actions, such as receiving a

poor grade if he refuses to do his work.Janet Lehman discusses this more in https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/when-your-child-has-problems-at-school-6-tips-for-parents/.Take care.

It can be so challenging when your child is acting out at school, yet does

not act that way at home.One strategy I

recommend is talking with your son at home about his behavior at school.During this conversation, I encourage you to

address his choices, and come up with a specific plan for what he can do differently

to follow the rules.I also recommend

working with his teachers, and discussing how you can assist them in helping

your son to follow the rules.You might

find additional useful tips in our article, https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/acting-out-in-school-when-your-child-is-the-class-troublemaker/.Please be sure to write back and let us know

how things are going for you and your son.Take care.

I hear you.It can be so challenging

when your young child is having outbursts like this.A lot of young children tend to act out and

have tantrums when they are experiencing a big transition, such as starting a

new school or adjusting to having a younger sibling, so you are not alone.Something that can be helpful is to set up

clear structure and expectations around homework, as Janet Lehman points out in

https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/my-child-refuses-to-do-homework-heres-how-to-stop-the-struggle/.I also encourage you to set aside some time

for you to have https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/attention-seeking-behavior-in-young-children-dos-and-donts-for-parents/ with your daughter as well.Please be sure to write back and let us know

how things are going for you and your family.Take care.

JoJoSuma I am having the exact same problem with my 9 year old son. His grades are quickly falling and I have no idea why or where to begin with helping him turn things around. When he applies himself he receives score of 80% or higher, and when he doesn't it clearly shows and he receives failing scores. He, too, says that he doesn't do or want to do the work because it is boring, or that he "Forgot" or "lost it". He has started to become a disruption to the class and at this rate I am afraid that he will have to repeat 5th grade. I am also a single parent so my frustration is at an all time high. You are not alone and I wish you and your family the best.

Thank you so much for these tips RebeccaW_ParentalSupport because I SERIOUSLY had nowhere to turn and no clue where to begin. I have cried many nights feeling like I was losing control. I will try your tips and see where things go from here.

It’s not uncommon

for kids to avoid doing homework, chores or other similar tasks.  After

all, homework can be boring or difficult, and most people (both kids and adults

alike) tend to prefer activities which are enjoyable or fun.  This does

not mean that you cannot address this with your daughter, though. 

Something which can be helpful for many families is to set up a structured

homework time, and to require that your daughter complete her homework in order

to earn a privilege later on that evening.  You can read about this, and

other tips, in https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/end-the-nightly-homework-struggle-5-homework-strategies-that-work-for-kids/. 

Please be sure to write back and let us know how things are going for you and

your daughter.  Take care.

Thestruggleisreal I'm just now signing up for these articles, I'm struggling with my 12 year and school work, she just doesn't want to do it, she has no care I'm world to do, she is driving me crazy over not doing, I hate to see her More fail, but I don't know what to do

FamilyMan888 

I can hear how much your

daughter’s education means to you, and the additional difficulties you are

facing as a result of her learning disabilities.  You make a great point

that you cannot force her to do her work, or get additional help, and I also

understand your concern that getting her teachers to “make” her do these things

at school might create more conflict there as well.  As James Lehman

points out in his article, https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/stop-the-blame-game-how-to-teach-your-child-to-stop-making-excuses-and-start-taking-responsibility/, lowering your expectations for your daughter due to her

diagnosis is probably not going to be effective either.  Instead, what you

might try is involving her in the https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/the-surprising-reason-for-bad-child-behavior-i-cant-solve-problems/, and asking her what she thinks she needs, and what she will do

differently, to meet classroom expectations.  Please be sure to write back

and let us know how things are going for you and your family.  Take care.

tvllpit Very effective to  kids age of 5, 7, and 11 years old. Thank you for sharing your idea.

Thank you for

your question.  You are correct that we recommend setting up a structured

time for kids to do homework, yet not getting into a power struggle with them

if they refuse to do their work during that time.  It could be useful to

talk with your 11 year old about what makes it difficult to follow through with

doing homework at that time, and perhaps experimenting with doing homework at

another time to see if that works more effectively.  In the end, though,

if your child is simply refusing to do the work, then we recommend giving a

consequence and avoiding a power struggle.  Megan Devine details this

process more in her article, https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/end-the-nightly-homework-struggle-5-homework-strategies-that-work-for-kids/. 

Please let us know if you have any additional questions.  Take care.

jovi916 I'm a mother to a 10 year old 5th grader. Since 3rd grade I've been struggling with homework. That first year, I thought it was just lack of consistency since my children go between mine and dad's house. I tried setting some sort of system up with More the teacher to get back on track, but the teacher said it was the child's responsibility to get the hw done. This year has been esp. Difficult. He stopped doing hw, got an F, so I got on him. He stared turning half done work, but same grades so I still got on him. Grades went up, I loosened up, then he stopped with in school work. Now it's back to not turning anything in, even big projects and presentations. He had never really been allowed to watch tv, but now it's a definite no, I took his Legos away, took him out of sports. Nothing is working. He's basically sitting at the table every night, and all weekend long in order to get caught up with missing assignments. I'm worried, and next year he'll be in middle school. I try setting an example by studying in front of him. My daughter just does her homework and gets good grades. Idk what to do.

I can hear your concern. Academic achievement is important

to most parents and when your children seem to be struggling to complete their

work and get good grades, it can be distressing. Ultimately, your childrens’

school work and grades are their responsibility. You shouldn’t have to quit

your own studies in order to help them improve theirs. The above article gives

some great tips for helping motivate your children to complete their homework.

We do have a couple other articles you may also find useful: https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/10-ways-to-motivate-your-child-to-do-better-in-school/ & https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/sinking-fast-at-school-how-to-help-your-child-stay-afloat/. We appreciate you

writing in and hope you find the information useful. Take care.

RNM I have the exact same issues with my 8 year old. It makes me feel like I'm doing something wrong. He's a smart kid, he just doesn't seem to care to do his homework let alone if he gets a bad grade as a result. He hates reading, but does More very well in spelling and science. Homework is an issue nightly and the teacher pulled me aside today to tell me again how much he talks in class and that now he isn't writing down his assignments and is missing 3 assignments this week. SMH, I don't know what to do anymore other than to coach him (some more) and take away basketball if he doesn't do his homework.

What?  "Let homework stay where it belongs—between the teacher and the student. Refuse to get pulled in by the school.."  I do not see the logic or benefit of this advice.  Homework, by definition, is the responsibility of the student and parent (NOT the teacher).  The teacher does not live at the student's home or run the house.  

In my opinion, the lack of parental involvement with academics often causes the low student performance evident across the U.S.  I do not agree with advocating for even LESS parental involvement.

I completely agree with you. Parental, or adult, engagement at home can be a deal-maker/breaker when it comes to student performance. I subscribe to theories that differ from the author's.

First, if an adult is involved with the child and his activities, then the child will commonly react with "hey, somebody cares about me" leading to an increased sense of self-worth. A sense of caring about one's-self leads to caring about grades and other socially acceptable behaviors (Maslow).

Secondly, I am a FIRM believer in the techniques of behavior modification through positive reinforcement (Karen Pryor). It's up to an invested adult to determine what motivates the student and use those motivators to shape and reinforce desirable behavior such as daily homework completion. A classroom teacher has too many students and too little time to apply this theory.

Letting a child sink or swim by himself is a bad idea. Children have only one childhood; there are no do-overs.

And yes, children are work.

Many experience similar feelings of being at fault when

their child fails, so, you’re not alone. Truth of the matter is, allowing your

child to experience natural consequences of their actions by allowing them to

fail gives them the opportunity to look at themselves and change their

behavior.  We have a couple articles I think you may find helpful: When You Should Let Your Child Fail: The Benefits of Natural Consequences & 5 Natural Consequences You Should Let Your Child Face . Good luck to you and

your family moving forward. Take care.

hao hao It is so true, we can't control our children's home. It is their responsibility. But they don't care it. What can we do it?

indusreepradeep

How great it is that you want to help your brother be more

productive with his homework. He’s lucky to have a sibling who cares about him

and wants him to be successful. Because we are a website aimed at helping

parents develop better ways of managing acting out behavior, we are limited in

the advice we can offer you as his sibling. There is a website that may be able

to offer you some suggestions. http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/

is a website aimed at helping teens and young adults figure out ways of dealing

with challenges they may be facing in their lives. They offer several ways of

getting support, such as by e-mail or text, through an online forum and chat,

and also a call in helpline. You can check out what they have to offer at http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/. Good luck

to you and your family moving forward. Take care.

Kathleenann indusreepradeep

Thank you so much for your humble support....

It sounds like you have done a lot

of work to try to help your daughter achieve her educational goals, and it’s

normal to feel frustrated when she does not seem to be putting in the same

amount of effort.  It can be useful to keep your focus on whether your

daughter is doing her work, and to keep that separate from whether she “cares”

about doing her work.  Ultimately, it is up to your daughter to do her

work, regardless of how she appears to feel about it.  To that end, we

recommend working with the various local supports you have in place, such as

her therapists and others on her IEP team, to talk about what could be useful

to motivate your daughter to do her school work.  Because individuals with

autism can vary greatly with their abilities, it’s going to be more effective

to work closely with the professionals who are familiar with your daughter’s

strengths and level of functioning in order to develop a plan to address this

issue.  Thank you so much for writing in; we wish you and your daughter

all the best as you continue to address her difficulties with school. 

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Help me <do / doing / to do> my homework

  • Thread starter mink-shin
  • Start date Jun 1, 2016

mink-shin

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  • Jun 1, 2016

I'm curious if there is subtle difference among root infinitive, to + infinitive and -ing after a phrase with a construction "help + objective". Because I learned those things are a okay in that case. But my teacher didn't teach me how difference there is among them. So would you mind if i ask you difference among them?  

Florentia52

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Please give us an example sentence that illustrates your question, along with the context in which you would use it.  

Florentia52 said: Please give us an example sentence that illustrates your question, along with the context in which you would use it. Click to expand...

And which do you think is/are correct?  

Florentia52 said: And which do you think is/are correct? Click to expand...

"Help me do" and "help me to do" are both correct and mean the same thing. Because the "to" is unnecessary, most people would omit it. "Help me doing my homework" is not correct.  

johngiovanni

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I agree with Florentia, of course, but just to say "Help me with my homework, please" is also good. We could make up other sentences where the -ing form is appropriate. "I would like some help with doing the ironing"; "Could you please help me with tidying up the kitchen", etc.  

  • Jun 2, 2016
Florentia52 said: "Help me do" and "help me to do" are both correct and mean the same thing. Because the "to" is unnecessary, most people would omit it. Thanks, Florentia52. "Help me doing my homework" is not correct. Click to expand...
johngiovanni said: I agree with Florentia, of course, but just to say "Help me with my homework, please" is also good. We could make up other sentences where the -ing form is appropriate. "I would like some help with doing the ironing"; "Could you please help me with tidying up the kitchen", etc. Click to expand...
mink-shin said: My teacher taught me that i could omit a phrase with construction "which+be". Is there any problem when i think of the sentence "Help me doing my homework" as the sentence without "which am"? Click to expand...
Florentia52 said: I'm sorry, but I don't understand your question. How would "which am" fit into a version of the sentence "Help me doing my homework?" (To be honest, I can't think of any sentence in which "which am" could be used.) Click to expand...

"Help me doing my homework" does not work. "I need some help doing my homework" would be fine (but that is with the noun help , not the verb).  

Forero said: "Help me doing my homework" does not work. "I need some help doing my homework" would be fine (but that is with the noun help , not the verb). Click to expand...

velisarius

The verb "help" is followed by an infinitive: She helped me (to) do my homework. It may be followed by the -ing form in negative sentences of this type, where the meaning of "help" is different: I couldn't help noticing that her fingernails were dirty.  

sagar grammar

sagar grammar

Even I was taught and I have also read it in a grammar book which says... The verb "help" can be followed by an infinitive , "bare infinitive" and also a "preposition+ gerund". With no grammatical mistake. Means. 1- he helped me to do my h.w. (√) 2- he helped me do my h.w. (√) 3- he helped me doing my h.w. (×) 4- he helped me in doing my h.w. (√) Sentence 3 is wrong.. But 4 is correct... While 2 is more usual than 1 Hope this will help you  

Hi sagar, I don't think I would use your (3). He helped me by doing my homework is possible, but the meaning changes. Here, he does all the work for me.  

velisarius said: Hi sagar, I don't think I would use your (3). He helped me by doing my homework is possible, but the meaning changes. Here, he does all the work for me. Click to expand...
velisarius said: I'm sorry, sagar grammmar - I meant to write "I don't think I would use your #4 either". I'll help you in doing the washing-up. I'll help you (to) do the washing -up. Click to expand...

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I certainly wouldn't recommend anyone to use "help someone in doing something", since we normally simply use the infinitive. You can compare here frequency of usage: Google Ngram Viewer  

sagar, thanks very much. After careful reading your post, I'm totally understand now. All your example helped me to study about the verb "help". Especially, your example about difference of prepositions is most. And velisarius, Thanks.  

velisarius said: I'm sorry, sagar grammmar - I meant to write "I don't think I would use your #4 either". i) I'll help you in doing the washing-up. ii) I'll help you (to) do the washing -up. Click to expand...

I'm not assuming anything, but in this example: "A Pilot engaged for airspray work had to supervise the work of persons who helped him in doing the work he himself had to perform." I see no difference in meaning. The example is from Law on Industrial Disputes , by Vithalbhai B. Patel Commentary on sections 1 to 40 I have no way of knowing whether Vithalbhai Patel was educated in India, but perhaps the construction is more common in Indian English. Most (not all) of the examples I could find online were by non-native writers. Edit: this particular example sounds almost okay to me, but I find it a little ambiguous: does he mean "helped him to do the work" or helped him by doing the work"?  

velisarius said: I'm not assuming anything, but in this example: "A Pilot engaged for airspray work had to supervise the work of persons who helped him in doing the work he himself had to perform." I see no difference in meaning. The example is from Law on Industrial Disputes , by Vithalbhai B. Patel Commentary on sections 1 to 40 I have no way of knowing whether Vithalbhai Patel was educated in India, but perhaps the construction is more common in Indian English. Most (not all) of the examples I could find online were by non-native writers. Click to expand...
sagar grammar said: Even I was taught and I have also read it in a grammar book which says... The verb "help" can be followed by an infinitive , "bare infinitive" and also a "preposition+ gerund". With no grammatical mistake. Means. 1- he helped me to do my h.w. (√) 2- he helped me do my h.w. (√) 3- he helped me doing my h.w. (×) 4- he helped me in doing my h.w. (√) Sentence 3 is wrong.. But 4 is correct... While 2 is more usual than 1 Hope this will help you Click to expand...
There is not any difference in meaning... - sagar Click to expand...

Sentence 4 might be grammatically correct. But it doesn't sound as natural as 1 and 2.  

And in my opinion .. These both are correct but have different meaning.. 1- He helped me in doing the work.(i was doing my work and he helped me in that ) 2- He helped me by doing the work. ( i wasn't doing the work he helped me and did all my work himself ) That's what i think.. being a non native speaker i can only tell you my thinking and how i have seen it's usage. It's your choice believe it or not..  

sagar grammar said: And in my opinion .. These both are correct but have different meaning.. 1- He helped me in doing the work.(i was doing my work and he helped me in that ) 2- He helped me by doing the work. ( i wasn't doing the work he helped me and did all my work himself ) That's what i think.. being a non native speaker i can only tell you my thinking and how i have seen it's usage. It's your choice believe it or not.. Click to expand...
mink-shin said: Sagar, you're one of best teacher i've ever met. Thanks ! There are a lot of people who use English, I think that's why this forum exist. Click to expand...
mink-shin said: Sagar, you're one of best teacher i've ever met. Thanks ! There are a lot of people who use English, I think that's why this forum exist. So I don't care if you're native or not. Click to expand...
sagar grammar said: There are some mistakes in your post .. The sentence should be written as.. "You're one of the best teachers I've ever met. " Thanks.. Click to expand...

"They helped him in doing the work" does not always mean the same as "They helped him do the work". The latter means they did part of the work; the former could mean they did all or part of the work, or that they did something else while he did the work. The sentence about the pilot sounds odd to me overall, but the part "helped him in doing the work he himself had to perform" is a little weak/wordy but acceptable with the meaning "by doing work" = "by doing some work".  

Hi Forero, I don't think "They helped him in doing the work" can mean "they did something else while he did the work", but I agree that the version with preposition "in" may be ambiguous. I think it's rare to find an example of "help in doing" in current usage, but here's Conan-Doyle (Study in Scarlet ): "Now the skillful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work ..." Annotated A Study in Scarlet with English Grammar Exercises  

velisarius said: Hi Forero, I don't think "They helped him in doing the work" can mean "they did something else while he did the work", but I agree that the version with preposition "in" may be ambiguous. Click to expand...
mink-shin said: I agree with you. Before reading some examples, it'd been weird for me to understand the version with preposition "in". But after reading them, I think that those versions are same meaning. "I felt that he was inquiring and looking for something to help him in deciding my length of stay." (A Good Pair of Boots and A Road to Walk On - C. H. Evers) Click to expand...
Forero said: I take this as "help him as he decides", but it could mean "help him to decide". Click to expand...

"I felt that he was inquiring and looking for something to help him in deciding my length of stay." (A Good Pair of Boots and A Road to Walk On - C. H. Evers) It's interesting, as the writer has used the same construction at least three times in the book. On page 79 - "I went to the credit bureau and told them my problem: they were not at all concerned and they refused to help in correcting it ." (Refused to help correct it.) On page 198 - "She told me to keep track of every blank call [...] by marking it on a calendar, as this would help them in searching their own records." (This would help them when searching their own records - not equivalent to "this would help them to search their own records")  

  • Jun 3, 2016
velisarius said: "I felt that he was inquiring and looking for something to help him in deciding my length of stay." (A Good Pair of Boots and A Road to Walk On - C. H. Evers) It's interesting, as the writer has used the same construction at least three times in the book. On page 79 - "I went to the credit bureau and told them my problem: they were not at all concerned and they refused to help in correcting it ." (Refused to help correct it.) On page 198 - "She told me to keep track of every blank call [...] by marking it on a calendar, as this would help them in searching their own records." (This would help them when searching their own records - not equivalent to "this would help them to search their own records") Click to expand...

How Can I Help My Brother: A Guide To Supporting Your Siblings

It can be tough to know how to help a sibling who is going through a tough time. Brothers and sisters are often there for each other during difficult times, but sometimes it can be hard to know what to do or say.

When our brothers and sisters need help, it is our duty as family members to step up and provide support. Whether they are struggling with a mental health condition or just going through a tough time, we should be there for them.

In this guide, we will provide tips on how you can support your brother or sister in their time of need. We hope that this information will help you build closer relationships with your siblings and make the difficult times just a little bit easier.

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How Can I Help My Brother?

If you’re wondering, how you can help your brother or sister, know that there are many ways to show support. You can start by simply being there for them; being a sounding board for their problems and a shoulder to cry on when needed.

You can also help them out practically, whether it’s running errands with them, helping them with a project, or just lending a listening ear. Whatever you do, make sure your support is genuine and coming from a place of love.

“ With your help, your brother or sister can weather any storm.” – Unknown

If you have a close relationship with your siblings, you may be the first person they turn to when they’re facing a problem. As such, it’s important to be supportive, even if you don’t always have the answers.

Tips On How To Be A Good Sounding Board For Your Siblings

Here are a few tips on how to be a good sounding board for your siblings:

1. Listen Attentively And Without Judgement.

It can be tempting to offer advice or try to fix the problem, but sometimes your sibling just needs to vent. Showing that you’re truly listening will help them feel supported.

Never judge your sibling over the mistake they did. Just listen and give an advice if necessary. Make sure you are not hurting their self-esteem.

If your sibling is dealing with something outside of your expertise, do some research and share what you’ve learned.

2. Resist The Urge To Compare Your Experiences.

Just because you went through something similar doesn’t mean it was the same for them. And even if it was, they may not want to relive it by talking about it.

Your siblings are the people who know you best and have seen you at your best and worst. They’re the ones who are there for you when no one else is, and they love you unconditionally.

So how can you be a good sibling and support them?

Here are a few ideas:

  • Be a good listener
  • Make yourself available
  • Offer help and advice, but don’t be pushy
  • Respect their privacy
  • Accept them for who they are
  • And most importantly , love them unconditionally.

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3. Ask Questions To Clarify Their Thoughts And Feelings.

This will help you understand where they’re coming from better. You can also let them know that you’re there for them and want to help in any way possible.

If they don’t want to talk about what’s going on, respect their wishes. Sometimes, people just need some time alone to figure things out.

In addition to talking (or listening, if that’s what they need), you can also offer practical help.

If your brother is struggling with school, for example, see if he needs help studying or come up with a plan to get his grades up. If he’s having trouble with friends, talk to him about how to resolve conflicts or make new ones.

You can also provide emotional support, which is just as important as practical help. Be there for your brother when he needs to talk or vent.

Listen without judging and offer advice only when asked. Sometimes, simply being a shoulder to cry on is enough.

4. Avoid Giving Unsolicited Advice.

If they want your opinion, they’ll ask for it. Otherwise, just lend a listening ear.

Oftentimes, your siblings just need someone to vent to, and they don’t necessarily want or need your input.

If you find yourself getting frustrated because they’re not taking your advice, try to remember that it’s their life, not yours.

5. Be Supportive Without Enabling Their Bad Behavior.

This can be a delicate balance, but it’s important to find it. If you enable their bad behavior, you’re not helping them.

You’re just making it easier for them to continue down a destructive path. On the other hand, if you’re too hard on them, they may feel like you’re abandoning them when they need you the most.

The best way to help your brother is to be there for him. Listen to him, offer advice if he wants it, and let him know that you love him no matter what. If he’s going through a tough time, be his rock. He may not always show it, but he’ll appreciate your support.

6. Try To Be Understanding And Patient.

Brothers can be frustrating at times, but remember that he is going through a tough time and needs your support.

It can be difficult to know how to help a brother who is struggling, but there are some things you can do to support him.

  • Try to be understanding and patient . He may be acting out because he’s feeling overwhelmed or helpless.
  • Offer practical assistance if you can . This could involve helping with chores or errands, or simply being available to talk.
  • Encourage him to seek professional help if his problems seem beyond your scope.

7. Offer To Help With Whatever He May Need.

Sometimes, simply being there for your brother is the best thing you can do.

  • If he’s struggling with school , offer to help him study or do his homework.
  • Having trouble making friends , offer to introduce him to some of your own.
  • If he’s going through a tough time emotionally , be there to listen to him and offer words of comfort.

Make sure he knows that you’re always there for him and that you love him, no matter what.

Show your support in whatever way he needs it, whether that’s through words, actions, or simply just being present. Be the best brother you can be, and he’ll appreciate it more than you could ever know.

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8. Try To Be A Good Role Model.

If your brother sees you positively handling your problems, it may give him the strength to do the same. Be patient and understanding, but also be honest with him.

Tell him what you think he could improve upon, and why you think it’s important for him to work on those things. Help him brainstorm solutions to his problems, and offer your support as he implements them.

Finally, make sure to express your love for him regularly. Let him know that you’re there for him and that you care about his wellbeing. Words of encouragement can go a long way in helping your brother through tough times.

Tips To Find Financial Help For Your Brother

Many people have a hard time finding financial help for their siblings. Here are some tips to help you find financial assistance for your brother:

  • Look into government programs that offer financial assistance. There are many programs available that can help with things like housing, food, and medical expenses.
  • Talk to your brother’s employers or schools . They may be able to offer some financial assistance or help with job placement.
  • Look into private organizations that offer financial assistance. Many organizations can help with things like food, housing, and medical expenses.
  • Talk to your family and friends . They may be able to offer some financial assistance or help with other needs your brother may have.
  • Look into crowdfunding platforms . These platforms can help you raise money for your brother’s needs.

By following these tips, you should be able to find financial assistance for your brother. If you are still having trouble, there are many resources available that can help you get the support you need.

Tips To Help Depressed Brother

Depressed brother needs your help

If you have a brother who is struggling with depression, there are things you can do to support him. Here are some suggestions:

1. Talk To Your Brother

Talk to your brother about how he’s feeling. Let him know that you’re there for him and want to help. If he’s reluctant to talk, try to find other ways to connect with him.

Maybe you can watch a movie together or go for a walk.

It’s also important to respect your brother’s wishes . If he doesn’t want to talk about what’s going on, respect his privacy. You can still be there for him in other ways.

Finally, don’t forget to take care of yourself. It can be difficult to see a loved one going through tough times. Make sure to schedule some time for yourself and do things that make you happy.

This will help you be there for your brother in the long run.

2. Encourage Your Brother To See A Therapist Or Counselor.

He may be reluctant to talk about his feelings, but a professional can help him work through them. You can also offer to go to therapy with him if he feels more comfortable talking to someone with you present.

3. Help Your Brother Take Care Of Himself.

This includes things like eating healthy, getting enough sleep and exercising. You can also help him by teaching him how to manage his time and money.

You can also help your brother by being a role model. Show him how to be a good friend, how to handle conflict, and how to be a successful person.

Helping your brother become the best version of himself is one of the best things you can do for him.

4. Make Sure Your Brother Knows That You Love Him And Are There For Him.

Depression can make people feel isolated and alone, so let him know he’s not alone.

You can also offer to help him with day-to-day tasks, like grocery shopping or cooking dinner. If he’s struggling to get out of bed in the morning, see if you can help him make a plan for the day.

Ways To Help A Homeless Brother

The followings are just a few ways you can help your brother if he’s homeless. It’s important to remember that each situation is unique, so tailor your support to what you think will be most helpful in your brother’s specific case.

With a little bit of love and support, you can help him get through this tough time.

  • Provide a safe place to stay . If your brother doesn’t have anywhere to go, offer him a place to stay. This can be a tough decision, but it’s important to remember that your brother is family and deserves your support.
  • Help him get back on his feet . Once your brother has a place to stay, work with him to help him get back on his feet. This may include helping him find a job, getting him enrolled in school or training programs, or providing financial assistance.
  • Be there for him . It’s important to be supportive and understanding during this difficult time. Be patient and offer words of encouragement when your brother is feeling down.

Ways To Help Criminal Brothers

It can be difficult to know how to help a brother who is involved in criminal activity . You may feel like you’re walking on eggshells, not wanting to do anything that could make the situation worse.

At the same time, you may feel powerless and helpless, wondering what you can do to make things better.

Here are some things to keep in mind that may help you support your brother:

  • Try to remain calm and level-headed . It can be difficult to see a loved one going through tough times, but getting upset or emotional will not help the situation.
  • Be supportive without enabling them . You can still be there for your brother without enabling their criminal activity. This means not giving them money or help that could be used to support their illegal activity.
  • Encourage them to get help . If your brother is struggling with addiction or mental health issues , these may be underlying causes of their criminal activity. Help them find resources and treatment options that can address these issues.
  • Talk to other family members . It can be helpful to talk to other family members about what’s going on and how they can help. This can help you feel less alone and more supported in your efforts to help your brother.
  • Get professional help . If you’re struggling to cope with your brother’s situation, or if you don’t know how to help them, consider talking to a professional. A therapist or counselor can provide you with support and guidance on how to best help your brother.

Ways To Help Your Younger Brother In School

If your brother is struggling in school, there are a few things you can do to help him out.

Help Him For Homework

One way is to sit down with him and go over his homework together. This can help him understand the material better and give him a chance to ask questions.

You can also help him study for tests by quizzing him on material or helping him make flashcards. If your brother is having trouble staying organized, you can help him by teaching him how to make a schedule or study plan.

Boost His Moral

If your brother is just struggling with confidence, try encouraging him and telling him that he can do it. Help him set small goals and celebrate with him when he reaches them.

You can also try helping him find a positive role model to look up to . Just be there for him.

Sometimes, your brother just needs someone to talk to. Be a good listener and offer advice or support when needed. Just being there for him can make a big difference.

Help Him In Finding A Friend

If your brother is having trouble making friends, you can help him by introducing him to some of your friends.

You can also help him find common interests with other kids by signing him up for a club or activity that he might like. Just spending time with him and being supportive can also go a long way in helping him make friends.

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Why You Should Help Your Brother?

The answer is simple: because you love him.

But sometimes it’s not that easy to show your brother how much you care. Especially when he’s going through a tough time.

If you have a brother, chances are you want to help him in any way possible. Whether he is dealing with personal issues or problems at work, being there for him can make a big difference.

5 Reasons Why You Should Help Your Brother

Sometimes life can be tough and our brothers can be there for us when we need them the most. Here are five reasons why you should help your brother:

1- They will always be there for you: A brother is someone who will always have your back, no matter what. They will always be there to support you, whether you need a shoulder to cry on or someone to help you celebrate your successes.

2- They know you better than anyone else: Brothers are people who know us better than anyone else. They know our strengths and weaknesses, and they accept us for who we are. They are the people who have seen us at our best and our worst, and they still love us unconditionally.

3- They are a part of your family: Brothers are people who are a part of our families. They are the people who we grew up with and who we will always have a special bond with.

They are the people who know us better than anyone else, and they will always be there for us.

4- They protected you when you needed help: Brothers are people who have always been there to protect us when we needed help.

They were there to defend us when we were being bullied, and they were there to help us when we were struggling.

5- They always prioritize you over others: Brothers are people who always put us first. They make sure that we are taken care of, even if it means sacrificing their own needs. They are the people who we can always count on, no matter what.

These are just a few of the many reasons why you should help your brother. No matter what you do, or how you help, know that your brother will always appreciate it.

They are the people who we can always count on, no matter what. So, if you ever need help, or just want to show your brother how much you care, be there for them.

How Can You Help Your Brother In Finding A Girlfriend Or Wife?

Finding a girlfriend with marriage in mind sometimes sounds risky to people, but if you know your brother well enough and he is ready for that type of commitment, then it could be a great way to help him out.

You can help him by following the ways given below:

Listen And Understand Your Brother

The first step is to listen to your brother and try to understand what he is looking for in a partner.

Once you have a good understanding of his ideal partner, you can begin to help him by introducing him to potential matches .

If you know someone who you think would be a good match for your brother, don’t hesitate to set them up on a date or introduce them to each other.

Give Advices Time To Time

Another way you can help your brother is by being a good sounding board for him.

He may come to you for advice about potential partners or he may just need someone to talk to about his dating life.

Either way, be supportive and helpful to him as he navigates the dating world.

Try Online Dating

If you want to go above and beyond to help your brother find love, you could even try online dating yourself!

  • Create a profile on a popular dating site or app and keep an eye out for potential matches for your brother.
  • You can message them directly or just pass along their information to your brother so he can reach out to them himself.

No matter how you choose to helpc your brother , just be supportive and understanding. Dating can be tough, but it’s a lot easier when you have someone in your corner rooting for you.

So, be there for your brother and watch him find the love of his life! Who knows, maybe you’ll even meet someone special yourself along the way.

So, if you have a brother, be sure to show them how much you appreciate them. They are the people who will always be there for you, no matter what.

So, if you ever need help, or just want to show your brother how much you care, be there for them.

In conclusion, there are many reasons why you should help your brother. They are the people who will always be there for you, no matter what.

References:

  • https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/mental-disorders
  • https://hsc.unm.edu/news/news/the-importance-of-siblings.html
  • https://www.investopedia.com/articles/pf/09/help-family-members-trouble.asp

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Find the mistake: My brother helps (A) me with (B) my homework (C) yesterday evening (D).

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Find the mistake: My brother helps (A) me with (B) my homework (C) yesterday evening (D).

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  1. "help" me to do my homework

    1 Answer Sorted by: 1 The sentence means that you do your homework, and your brother supports and guides you. There is nothing wrong with the sentence. Of course, just saying something doesn't make it true. The student might be lying. Sentences like this might be used euphemistically notice the scare quotes in the example below.

  2. - my brother helped me when I did my homework.

    Synonym for My brother helped me do my homework. Sign up; Sign in Question Updated on 21 Apr 2023 beer1221. 7 Jul 2020. Japanese English (US) Question about English (US) What is the difference between ...

  3. PDF NAME: DATE: GRAMMAR WORKSHEET REFLEXIVE PRONOUNS

    the homework myself" emphasizes the fact that nobody helped me to do my homework. Complete each of the sentences below. 1. My brother likes to practice his English by talking to _____. 2. James wasn't careful and he cut _____ with a knife. 3. My sister and I looked at _____ in the mirror. 4.

  4. How to Help Your Sibling with Homework: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

    1 Find out what the exact assignment is. Read through the assignment and make sure that you understand the material and are confident helping your sibling with their homework. It's important that you know the subject matter and type of questions before you start helping.

  5. [Grammar] She helped me to do/ do/ doing my homework

    1. She helped me to do my homework. 2. She helped me do my homework. 3. She helped me doing my homework. 4. She helped my homework done. 1 and 2 are grammatical, and I wonder about the others. Thanks.

  6. VII Use the following sets of words and phrases to write ...

    39 . My brother / person / always / help / me / my homework. My brother is the person who always helps me do my homework. 40 Today / water power / mostly / used / generate electricity. Today , water power is mostly used to generate electricity. 41 My father / very interested / play / football / when / young

  7. Student Opinion

    Yes i think i would do better but my parents are doing all they can to help me in school. cw_216 November 22, 2011 · 11:25 am. My parent (s) do support my learning, my mom especially . She makes sure that I get the education that I will need in the future.

  8. PDF Causative Verbs EnglishCLUB.com Activity Sheet (page 1/2)

    3. I got / had my sister to lend me money so I could go to the cinema. 4. My parents don't let / have me watch television during the week. 5. If you'd helped / got me clean the house, I would have finished sooner. C. Complete the sentences using a suitable Causative Verb in the correct form. 1. Mum always ..... me do my homework before I ...

  9. How to Get Children to Do Homework

    Stay focused on your job, which is to help your child do their job. Don't do it for them. If you feel frustrated, take a break from helping your child with homework. Your blood pressure on the rise is a no-win for everyone. Take five or ten minutes to calm down, and let your child do the same if you feel a storm brewing.

  10. Is this sentence weird? My brother helps my homework for me

    Try: My brother helps me with my homework. |My brother helps me with my homework = お兄さんは宿題を助けてくれます。 English (US) French (France) German Italian Japanese Korean Polish Portuguese (Brazil) Portuguese (Portugal) Russian Simplified Chinese (China) Spanish (Mexico) Traditional Chinese (Taiwan) Turkish Vietnamese

  11. PDF Ask for the underlined word(s).

    1. My mother helped me with my homework yesterday. 2. We are going to Japan next month. 3. Ann bought a new car last week. 4. I haven't seen Jack for ages. 5. I would like to live in Canada. (yes-no) 6. My brother can sing very well. 7. She went to England last summer. 8. The police finally came. 9. I am going to talk to her first thing in ...

  12. My brother helped me with my homework.

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  13. My brother(hardly ever / help)________________me with my homework A

    [ Adverbs of Frequency ] My brother (hardly ever / help)________________me with my homework A. My brother hardly ever help me with my homework B. My brother help hardly ever me with my homework C. My brother hardly ever help with me my homework D. My brother helps me hardly ever with my homework Select your answer: Next Quiz > Random Topics:

  14. My little brother keeps asking me for help on his homework and ...

    evicci • 3 yr. ago Help shouldn't be doing it for him. You could help him by asking him how he's carved out time for homework. Ask him what he does if he doesn't know the answer right away. Essentially teach him critical thinking and how to study instead of getting the answers.

  15. Help me <do / doing / to do> my homework

    Jun 2, 2016. #8. Florentia52 said: "Help me do" and "help me to do" are both correct and mean the same thing. Because the "to" is unnecessary, most people would omit it. Thanks, Florentia52. "Help me doing my homework" is not correct. My teacher taught me that i could omit a phrase with construction "which+be".

  16. How Can I Help My Brother: A Guide To Supporting Your Siblings

    The best way to help your brother is to be there for him. Listen to him, offer advice if he wants it, and let him know that you love him no matter what. If he's going through a tough time, be his rock. He may not always show it, but he'll appreciate your support. 6.

  17. My mom does my brother's homework. What should I do?

    Steal his homework whenever she does it, right before school, and tell him if he does it himself then you won't do that. Either he gets a 0 or whatever he gets doing it himself. Only in a last-ditch effort situation, though. 2. someidiotorother • 12 yr. ago. He would take the 0. 3.

  18. I'm being guilttripped by my family to do my brother's homework (in

    Grandma also defends brother and mom, saying he's my brother so I should help. So most of the time, I'm forced to do the homework, and they give me some small amount of money for it (Like a day's cost of living for me) The feeling of being forced to do his homework while he learns nothing from it pisses me off despite me earning extra cash when ...

  19. Fill in the blank. My mother helped me _____ my homework. A) todo B

    answer answered Fill in the blank. My mother helped me _____ my homework. A) todo B) doing C) did D) do Advertisement AI-generated answer My mother helped me (D) do my homework. Explanation: In this sentence, the verb "helped" is used in the past tense.

  20. My brother is having a tough time in highschool. I'm looking ...

    But if I bring up anything "bad" (class, homework, what's wrong) he lies and shrugs it off. My parents have talked to the teachers, and they just keep saying. We told your son what he needs to do to pass and we gave him a list. But obviously my brother lies and my parents don't get the list to make my brother complete the work.

  21. My Brother Help Me With My Homework Yesterday Evening: why do i do my

    Yesterday I my brother help me with my homework yesterday evening was doing homework, when then my brother arrives and tells me that he needs help quickly, so I asked him what was happening, that's when my brother explained to! Past Simple Homework 2-JHONNY CUMBE my brother is helping me do my homework. and in past tense it would be: my brother ...

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    22 likes, 4 comments - lord_proverbs_illmaticscream on February 3, 2024: "This AMOR I made over 9 years ago RIP DEDICATED TO MY MOM 﫡﫶 . ..."

  23. Find the mistake: My brother helps (A) me with (B) my homework (C

    => My brother helped me with my homework last night. Choose A. Think and answer questions before QAZDO provides answers and solutions ===== Related posts: Which of the following sentence can be inferred from this passage? Which of the following sentence is NOT true according to the passage? The word insight in paragraph 3 is closest in meaning ...

  24. My mom telling me to do my brother's homework : r ...

    16 16 comments Add a Comment juanredshirt • 4 yr. ago Is your brother a special kind of stupid? He wants to take Advanced Classes because he doesn't want to be the stupid kids yet he refuses to do the work. WTF?! And your parents aren't doing your brother any favors with their attitude. I agree with you, they should let him fail on his own.