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      Add a little Mozart to your child's homework

      Dr. Ann Marie Love, a psychologist in Traverse City, stops by Upnorthlive Tonight at 6:30 p.m. on ABC 29&8 every month to answer your questions. This month, Dr. Love has her tips to create a successful homework environment for your child.

      First, Dr. Love said to free your child from distractions such as t.v., siblings who are playing loudly, the student??s favorite toys, etc. She said this is even more important for students with attention issues.

      "Research shows some students do work more efficiently while listening to music," said Dr. Love. "But the 'helpful' music is generally Mozart or other classical music."

      Dr. Love also said it's important to have a supportive, patient adult available if the student gets stuck or has questions.

      " Parents should not do the child??s homework, nor should they re-do the child??s homework," said Dr. Love. "But being available for flash cards, spell and grammar-check, or as an audience for a presentation are both helpful and appropriate. It's also a good idea to h ave school supplies available in one easily accessible spot to minimize search time and procrastination."

      When do you need to contact your child??s teacher?

      "When there has been a big life change for the family, or one is expected soon," said Dr. Love.

      This includes the death of a loved one or pet; parental separation, divorce, or marriage; the birth of a new sibling; the hospitalization of a family member, or a parent??s deployment or return from service.

      " If your child reports being bullied, witnessing bullying, or participating in bullying, a conversation with the teacher will help both of you to be better prepared to protect all parties," said Dr. Love. "Or i f your child puts up a lot of resistance to going to school for several days in a row, it's time to talk to their teacher."

      Dr. Love also said to contact your child's teacher when your child is struggling with homework or class work.

      "Teachers and parents are partners in educating children," said Dr. Love. "Asking a teacher for clarification or suggestions works better than making accusations, especially since children often share only part of the story."

      To ask Dr. Love a question or suggest a topic, send your questions to Drlove@upnorthlive.com.

      If you'd like to contact Dr. Ann Marie Love directly, call 231-947-2292.