Keep the TV off! TV is noisy and distracting—especially when your child needs to focus on their multiplication tables. Instead, try putting on relaxing or fun music to establish a mood that encourages concentration—and TiVo the news for later.
To make sure you have enough time for homework, prep dinner ingredients in the morning or on the weekend. Prewash and cut veggies for salads and side dishes. Marinate meats and chicken. Make sauces. When you come home during the week, you can throw the meal together in a fraction of the time. Need to save more time? Dust off the crock pot!
Review your next day's schedule, and your kids' schedules, the day before. There's nothing like a forgotten ballet lesson or baseball practice to throw a wrench into your well thought out plans.
Establish a family-wide study hour (or two) when kids are doing their homework, and Mom and Dad doing their reading as well. Kids are more likely to focus on homework if they don't feel they are missing out on something.
Avoid unnecessary chores. Don't get over-involved in paying bills or laundry—conquer chores on the weekend when you have more time.
Being homework-free doesn't mean your child gets a night off. Use the designated study time for reading or some other learning activity. Establishing learning as a nightly routine will help your child stay on track.