There is a great debate among parents, educators and the general public on the validity of homework and whether or not it is too much for our young children. Many feel that school work should only be done at school and we should let kids just be kids once the school day finishes. Whichever side of the fence you sit on, depending on the school board, individual school or teacher, homework may be a part of your child’s life … and yours. It is natural and good for parents to be part of their children’s education and helping with homework is a great way to be involved. However, parents need to know when to step in and help and when it’s time to step back and let your child complete the work on his or her own. Homework is a great way to foster independence and self esteem, if you handle homework time right. The following article from Today’s Parent gives great tips on when and how to help your children succeed without becoming overly involved.