Twins parents have asked us why homework takes their twins 2, 3 and even 4 times longer than their peers. Also, what they can do to prevent homework causes stress. This article defines the 3 key issues and what parents of twins can do to reduce twins homework time and stress. Student’s key issues often include:
  • Attention is a major problem, both in class and while doing homework
  • They often have one or more vision issues – too often these student’s eyes are either: not working together; skipping words or lines when reading; or they have difficulty copying off the board
  • They become tense when doing homework and often lose it

Less homework less stress or is it just a vision issues

When a twin has trouble paying attention in class, they often must be re-taught the information at home. What makes matters worse is that the students’ homework time which should have taken 45 minutes gets stretched to one and a half hours due to re-teaching, and then to over 2 hours because they cannot stay focused. Vision issues impact their homework in several ways:
  • They have trouble copying the notes off the board correctly and you spend time trying to understand the assignment
  • They skip words or lines when reading, further complicating life
  • When they do math problems they do not often align their work correctly, they miss minus and division signs so they make careless errors

What to do when your stressed about homework

Students often get tense when doing homework and battles often follow. What often happens is:
  • Twins students are too intimidated to ask questions in class and they simply get stuck
  • The one of the twins or the twins parent gets angry and then…
  • An argument starts which often escalates into a battle royal

Homework causes stress  

How to make homework less stressful for most children and parents? Here is what we recommend for you, twins parents:
  • Stay clam when doing homework with your twins
  • If your twins gets stressed, give them a 1 or 3 minute break
  • Hydrate them before doing homework and while doing homework
  • When reading, use an index card or their finger to keep them on the right line
  • If the attention is a significant issue, consider getting an ADHD diagnosis – if they have a learning disability or attention issues significantly impact their academic performance, the student could qualify for an Individualized Education Plan and they could get accommodations for homework which might include:
  • Getting copies of notes – either provided by the teacher or by another student
  • Seating by the teacher to improve attention
  • Having the teacher check to make sure the twin has written the assignment correctly
  • Having you sign that they completed the assignment and putting it in a place they can find it
  • An early warning system, where the teacher alerts you to issues early on
  • If vision is a major issue see an optometrist – even if your twins have 20/20 vision
And Finally, here is a free twins toddler parenting tips presentation: unusual tips to an effective twins parenting
In this great presentation you’ll learn:
  • The only real reason your twins are not already well behaved
  • The way most parents to twins talk to their twins, causing them to do exactly what you don’t want
  • The crucial emotional bridge you MUST establish with your twins before you try to change their behavior
  • The one word you are probably abusing, which triggers those awful temper tantrums
Watch this video for important tips on how you can best communicate with your twins and deals with your toddler’s behavior. Click here to watch.
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