According to the Director of the University of Queensland's Parenting and Family Support Centre, Professor Matt Sanders, you can start encouraging your children to learn (and enjoy it!) very early in their lives.

On the subject of homework, experience would suggest it pays off. "There's controversy about whether homework actually promotes learning and achievement," Professor Sanders says, "but it's interesting - you'll often find in cultures where there is a lot of homework being done and kids do plenty of study, that these kids are often achieving at fairly high levels of academic accomplishment."

The perseverance required for homework may help kids develop other important skills. "Sometimes, some of the hardest lessons in life are that some of the most important things are not simple and straightforward and you do need to be prepared to put in a bit of extra effort and time in order to master something," says Professor Sanders.

He recommends that parents help with their children's homework, but never take over.

To read the full article on or listen to Professor Sanders talking about encouraging good learning habits in children go to:  http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2010/01/19/2795921.htm

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