By now most of our Arizona kids are back in the swing of every day school life. With summer coming to an official end soon, it is time to get down to business and focus on homework and passing grades. Here are a few good tips to help you and your child survive the homework blues:

1.) Get to know your child's teacher: Attend the school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, and other events hosted by your child's school. Ask about their homework policies and how you should/can be involved.

2.) Set up a homework-friendly work area: Make sure your child has a well-lit place to complete their homework. Keep supplies, like paper, pencils, glue, scissors, etc within their reach.

3.) Schedule a regular time to study: Some children work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner. Designate a time that works for your child and stick to it. Children need structure in order to focus and succeed with completing their homework.

4.) Keep the distractions to a minimum: This means no TV, loud music or phone calls.

5.) Make sure they do their own work: Children won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions, but its the child's job to do the learning.

6.) Get involved in your child's academic career: Ask about assignments, quizzes and tests. Review their homework before they turn it in. And make yourself available for questions and concerns.

7.) Set a good example: Do your children see you reading the newspaper, writing letters or reading a book? Children are more likely to follow their parents' examples rather than their advice.

8.) Praise their work and efforts: Post their homework or project on the refrigerator if they receive a high grade. Brag about their academic achievements to friends and family. Let them know how proud you are of their efforts and hard work.

9.) Have your children's eyes tested: Sometimes kids act out in class or fall behind because they can not see the board well enough. Have their eyes tested as a part of a their annual medical exams.

10.) Have fun: Children are more successful in school when their parents take an active interest in their homework. It shows the child that what they do is important. Helping with homework has many benefits for both the parent and the child. Make this time fun and rewarding for both of you! And you never know, you might learn a thing or two!