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When It Comes to the School Science Fair, How Much Help is Too Much Help?

Updated on February 21, 2014

One of the biggest mistakes that parents make is helping too much; the project is supposed to be the result of your child’s efforts, not a reflection of how involved you are as a parent. The teacher knows what your child is capable of. Assist your child--don’t do the project for her.

Here are some things to keep in mind during the process:

-Let your child choose a topic that she’s interested in. Don’t choose a topic for her--she’ll be more likely to work on the project if it’s meaningful to her.

-If at any point you find yourself alone working on your child’s project, stop and reevaluate the situation. What kind of message are you sending by doing the work for her?

-Emphasizing the importance of good work habits will go much further than doing the project for your child.

Things that you can and should help with are time management, taking photographs, correcting spelling errors and improving neatness.

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