We’re in the first few weeks of school now for many kids and with that often comes a bit of anxiety. One of the biggest concerns for parents is when the kids develop anxieties around their homework. All of a sudden homework doesn’t get done, it’s not handed in, or it’s just not done well. The kids fall behind, they feel it, anxiety increases and pressure from the parents mount. It’s a destructive cycle. A couple years ago I interviewed Diane Peters Mayer, MSW a psychotherapist who works specifically with overcoming school anxiety.
If something just doesn't seem right when your child is trying to do his/her homework, just keep in mind there might be something more going on than just every day homework frustration. If your child spends way too much time trying "to get it right," by constantly erasing and rewriting, for example, or if everything has to be "just so" in order to do homework, they may be dealing with OCD. Recent studies have reported that up to 80% of adults with OCD report onset of symptoms in childhood. The sooner we can help those with OCD, the less they (and we) will have to suffer........so just keep that on your radar screen and check it out with a professional if you have real concerns.