OracleVoice: Why Millennials Should Consider Sales To Jump-Start Their Careers

Sales doesn’t have a glowing reputation in popular culture. Salespeople are presented as either sad sack Willy Lomans or hard-hearted sharks like the character played by Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross (“ABC—Always Be Closing!”).

But the reality is that sales is a respected profession and an excellent training ground for recent college grads, regardless of their career ambitions. Corporate leaders such as Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, and IBM CEO Ginny Rometty all started out in sales.

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Oracle’s North American sales organization has recently hired more than 900 entry-level people, each of whom learn the ropes during a rigorous five-week training course.

In addition to being a solid stepping stone, sales teaches business fundamentals and hones interpersonal, time management, organizational, and other key skills.

“If you help a client, if your underpinning is helping to solve problems, that’s what life is,” explains Joanne Olsen, Oracle senior vice president of sales and consulting for North America. “And that’s what business is about. It’s about solving problems.”

Sales also helps people develop tactics they can apply beyond selling, because it requires them to listen and understand problems. “It infuses a discipline and a rigor around understanding a business problem, mapping it to how do I solve it, justifying it with a financial return, and then stewarding its success,” Olsen says. “So you end up developing all the survival capabilities that executives need.”

Sales also offers opportunities in a difficult job market for recent college graduates. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, the employment rate for young adults in 2014 (69.4%) was lower than the rate in 2008 or 2000.

According to a survey conducted on behalf of job posting site CareerBuilder, “Information technology (30 percent) and customer service jobs (28 percent) top the list of position types hiring managers are primarily looking to fill. Opportunities also abound in finance/accounting (22 percent), sales (21 percent), and business development (19 percent).”

The Oracle Sales Universe

Oracle’s North American sales organization has recently hired more than 900 entry-level people, each of whom learn the ropes during a rigorous five-week training course.

Oracle also has established a mentoring program so that new people can benefit from the wisdom of more experienced salespeople, and it encourages new employees to build on the relationships they established during their initial training sessions.

Olsen says Oracle has developed a startup culture that rewards risk-taking, but unlike most startups, has a proven track record, is financially secure, and is led by a technology visionary. And the company, she notes, is willing to either acquire or develop leading-edge technologies that allow it to compete across the board.

“We like being number one. And we have unbounded energy to go after being number one in every market that we are in,” Olsen says. “That’s what brought me here.”

Olsen asks only one thing of new recruits—that they “go deep.” That is, learn everything there is to know about the Oracle products and technologies they sell, about competitors’ products and technologies, and about the business and economic environment in which they operate.

“I’m going to start the ball rolling,” she says. “I’m going to invest in you. I’m going to make information available to you. Then, you are going to pick up that ball. You are going to embrace it passionately. You are going to commit energy to it every day. And when you do that and you do that successfully with clients, you are then going to have the financial return that you seek, and your success will then lead and fuel Oracle’s success.”

Traits of a Great Salesperson

In that vein, Olsen says that great salespeople have to be compelling people—articulate, convincing, adaptable, and authoritative. The authority comes from knowing everything there is to know about the business and technology landscape.

Not everyone is naturally articulate, but Olsen says Oracle provides access to seminars and other resources to help people learn to speak confidently and with authority.

Great salespeople also need to be adaptable, to present themselves differently to different people. “You have to be a chameleon,” she says. “You have to have the instinct to look across or listen to a client and say, ‘My style is too strong. I’m going to back it down,’ because the ultimate goal is to open up a channel of connection, of communication.”

Not everyone who joins Oracle’s sales force will stay in sales for their entire careers. But the foundation that experience provides can’t help but enrich their lives in one way or another.

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Organize With This: Pull-Out Storage Solutions

Jen Jones

When it comes to storage and organization, space saving solutions is the name of the game. Of course the first step to any organizational project is to declutter and say goodbye to unused items, but the next step is determining how to creatively store what is left. “Go To” solutions typically include utilizing vertical space, maximizing overlooked nooks and taking advantage of the backs of cabinets and doors. But one more solution should always be considered during space planning, and that is pull-out storage.

Pull Out Bathroom Drawer

Utilizing drawers and gliders to pull items out from cabinets, nooks and crannies, will make day-to-day living so much simpler. Pull out storage solutions allow you to maximize your given space, prevents items from becoming lost in a dark hole and saves your body from awkward reaching positions. Most importantly, getting creative with pull-out storage solutions can make the most of the smallest and tightest of areas.

Below you will find a plethora of pull-out storage solutions for areas all around the home.

Pull Out Shoe Storage

In the mudroom or entryway, placing shoes on shelf that slides out of a cabinet allows them to be stacked a few rows deep.

Pull Out Locker

By adding pegboard inside of a pull out cabinet, you can create a storage packed in-home gym locker.

Under Stairs Storage

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How to make the most of an area under the stairs is always a conundrum, but the opportunities for this awkward space are truly endless. Special thanks to pull out cabinets, an entire mudroom can be created where there once was none.

Pull Out Pantry Drawers

In the kitchen, one of the most common ways to maximize deep cabinets is by adding pull-out drawers.

Pull Out Pantry

But how about an entire pantry that pulls out? This solution makes the most of a narrow space between cabinets and the fridge.

Pull Out Cutting Board Storage

Narrow cabinets are also ideal for narrow kitchen supplies. Cutting boards, baking sheets, spices and linens are all the perfect candidates for these hard working cupboards.

Pull Out Towel Storage

Pull Out Appliance Garage

It is always nice when you can save on counter space by storing your kitchen appliances behind cabinet doors. However, keep them easy to access and use by placing them on slide-out drawers.

Pull Out Trash

Pull out drawers allow you to stack trash and recycling bins two deep. They also keep the contents (and smells) hidden under a sink or in a special cabinet away from curious pets and kids.

Pull Out Toe Kick Dog Bowls

Speaking of pets, the space below cabinets is probably one of the least utilized spaces, yet offers so much potential. A pull out drawer with inset puppy bowls allows you to easily stow away their dishes between feedings.

Pull Out Toe Kick Storage

These secret storage spots are also great for tucking away craft supplies, baking sheets, lids for pots and pans and extra linens.

Pull Out Counter Work Space

When kitchen surface area is at a premium, it is always amazing when you can find ways to double the work area. This slide out island counter creates an ideal location to bake the day away.

Pull Out Cutting Board

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A slide out cutting board has a similar impact! More work surface and a place to chop up a salad or slice up a side of bread.

Storage Bench

Seating above, storage below! Benches are a prime location for adding baskets and drawers in kitchens, dining rooms, entryways, bedrooms and bathrooms.

Pull Out Drawer Bench

The goal with pull-out storage is to keep everything easy-to-access and easy to put things away. That is especially important with children to encourage them to be helpers at pick-up time.

Drawers for Kid

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Adding casters or drawer glides to bins is a toy-friendly option, and making the most of unused wall cavities? That is simply genius.

Pull Out Game Storage

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Once again, storage on glides allows you to make the most of the back of a cabinet. These games stack two to three deep on each drawer and they also prevent the need to remove seven boxes to retrieve the one on the bottom. I just added this to my “must do” list.

Pull Out Laundry Hamper

Although laundry is done daily or weekly, we don’t want to think about it all the time. Pull out storage solutions for the win again! Toss your dirty clothes in a concealed cabinet hamper.

Pull Out Drying Rack

Dry your clothing on a rack that can be pulled out and adjusted based on how much you need, and then retract when not in use.

Pull Out Iron Board

Although it looks like a drawer… Surprise! It is actually an ironing board concealed behind a drawer. What closet or laundry room couldn’t benefit with that superstar storage solution?

How have you utilized drawers, glides and casters to make the most of the storage around your home?


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5 Tips to Help Your Children Thrive After Divorce

By Rosalind Sedacca, CCT

Communication with our children is always important, but never as essential as when they are impacted by separation or divorce. Children are vulnerable and easily frightened by changes in their routines. The more you talk to and comfort them, the less stress and anxiety they’ll experience. Children of divorce need additional attention and support. This is the time to reassure your children that you are taking care of matters and everyone in the family will be okay. Then, of course, take responsibility for doing what needs to be done to assure their well-being.

Here are five important ways you can minimize the impact of divorce on your children to help them thrive during and after your divorce:

Strive to keep as much normalcy in your children’s lives as is feasible. Maintaining relationships with friends and neighbors provides a sense of stability and continuity. Keeping children in the same school and remaining in the same house, when possible, serves to remind children that life is still going on as usual in many ways. That awareness makes it easier to adapt to the other changes happening at the same time. Always make decisions based on their emotional security.

Make spending time and attention with your children a priority. With all the stress in your life it’s easy to overlook your kid’s need for stability and security. The best source for that is you. It’s easy to take solace with friends or bury yourself in work, but your children need you more than ever right now. Your love and attention are the most valuable resources you can share with them. Make sure you are generous with both!

Talk to your children about ways to discuss the divorce with their friends and extended family. Coach them on answers to probing questions from the outside, such as, “I don’t know. My mom and dad are working on that.” Or “You’ll have to ask my mom about that.” Do whatever it takes to remember that your children deserve to have and keep their childhood. Let them be kids. Never burden them with adult responsibilities or communication.
Seek out other families who have experienced divorce as part of a new network. This can provide support and new friends for you as well as your children. They will appreciate meeting other kids who know what they are going through and can share feelings and stories. School guidance counselors may be able to help you find support groups, clubs or other gatherings.

Don’t wait for emotional or behavior problems to appear. It is often wise to talk to a family therapist in advance about issues to be aware of. Or schedule a few sessions with your children so they can express their anxiety, fear, anger, etc. and feel “heard” by an objective third party. Ask friends, pediatricians or school professionals for referrals to therapists experienced with divorce.

Some days you may want to hide in a closet or under the blankets in bed. So may your children. But they can’t always express what they are feeling and why. It is your responsibility to be diligent in protecting your children — emotionally as well as physically. Keep the doors to communication open as non-judgmentally as you can. This will go a long way toward helping the children you love get through these challenging times with the best possible outcome.

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Rosalind Sedacca, CCT is a Divorce & Parenting Coach and author of the internationally-acclaimed ebook, How Do I Tell the Kids about the Divorce? A Create-a-Storybook Guide to Preparing Your Children — with Love! For her free ebook on Post-Divorce Parenting: Success Strategies for Getting It Right!, her blog and other valuable resources on divorce and parenting issues go to: www.childcentereddivorce.com.

JPMorgan ChaseVoice: No More Spreadsheets: Managing Your Finances On Your Smartphone

By Janene Mascarella

With so many mobile apps available, you may have already tried managing elements of your financial life the way you live it: On the go. If you’re using your bank’s app, perhaps you’re wondering how you ever lived without the ability to deposit checks, transfer money, pay bills and check balances literally at your fingertips.

If you’re not yet using your bank’s app, that’s a great place to start. From there, a variety of tools can help you manage your finances while mobile.

Apps That Aggregate

Having on-demand access to financial information is the new norm, and being able to collect data from multiple accounts is key to providing a complete picture of your financial situation, says Jeff Rossi, a registered independent investment advisor in central New Jersey.

“A financial account aggregation app like ones from Mint, Yodlee and Quicken” lets you see financial information on a mobile device, says Rossi. “No more having to go home to check something, or worse, waiting for a statement in the mail.”

Joseph Howard, senior marketing manager at Masslight, a mobile and web app development agency in Washington, D.C., says he’s a fan of Mint.

“I do most of my spending using credit cards, and the Mint app allows me to track everything throughout the month, categorize it all and see exactly what my spending patterns look like,” Howard says.

He also praises the ability of mobile tools to let you know when something unusual happens. “I can also set up alerts, so if I’m spending more than I budgeted on something, I’ll get a text, email or push notification.”

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Budgeting at Your Fingertips

If you’d like help monitoring your spending, you have something in common with Erin Konrad. The content developer says the Toshl app has changed the way she manages her money.

“It helps me track all my expenses (in addition to my monthly income), so I can better balance my budget,” she says. “I’ve been able to eliminate some purchases I didn’t actually need to be making, like frequent coffee trips.”

Another option is Qapital, says Lark Ismail, owner of a virtual assistance and consulting company in Los Angeles. Ismail says it has helped her save up to pay off debt, as well as budget for her wedding and a new laptop.

“It’s helpful to have a visual of how much progress I’ve made,” she says.

Click Into Smarter Rewards

When it comes to progress, racking up rewards for responsible spending can be a good thing. But how can you keep track of those points and dollars? Finance expert Stefanie O’Connel, founder of TheBrokeAndBeautifulLife.com, says she’s a fan of RewardSummit.

“With so many different cards offering different perks … it can be hard to know which one to use to maximize your rewards on each purchase,” she says. “The RewardSummit app gives you top recommendations based on what credit cards you have and what purchases you’re making.”

And if you want to spend those rewards wisely by getting the best deal, there’s an app for that, too. “I use RedLaser to compare prices,” says O’Connel. “It lets you scan barcodes and shows you if the item is available for less either online or at a store nearby.”

Always know where your money is and where it is going.

Mary Johnson

Financial Finesse in Your Hands

No matter which apps you choose, experts say you can’t afford not to take advantage of technology.

“Rule number one of financial literacy is to always be responsible for your own money,” says finance expert Mary Johnson. “Always know where your money is and where it is going. And never rely on someone else to manage your money for you, even if it’s a family member or a significant other.” It’s also essential to protect your personal financial information and be wary about sharing it.

One of the best tools for making smarter financial decisions, says Johnson, is the smartphone right in your hand.

Whether you’re on the run or at your computer, explore new opportunities to become financially fit with Chase Slate.

Janene Mascarella is a New York-based lifestyle journalist. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Washington Post, CNN, Cosmopolitan, BELLA, Parade, Self, Glamour, Health, Parenting, Working Mother, USA TODAY and more.


Source: Forbes.com

Study Reveals Parents Spend Hundreds On Skylanders Style Games, Consider Them Good Value

Parents spent on average $131 on toys to life (Skylanders-style) games over the last six months. Almost 80 percent of families considered this a good investment and two thirds are planning to invest further.

The survey was conducted among 1,187 parents with at least one child 2-17 years old in the household. They were queried on aspects of toys to life such as first acquisition, general purchasing habits, and the impact of these types of gaming toys on traditional play.

A recent study on Interactive Gaming Toys, from The NPD Group, showed that the toys to life market is still strong. The study found that 70 percent of parents in the U.S. are familiar with Interactive Gaming Toys and 41 percent own more than one franchise.

With LEGO Dimensions joining Skylanders SuperChargers and Disney Infinity in the main-stream Interactive Gaming Toys space persuading families to extend this ownership will be critical if the market is to support three major players.

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In the past six months from the March 2015 study, parents estimated they had spent $131 on these games with characters from Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and Nintendo amiibo franchises for their primary player.

The real battle is not just on spend though, it’s on perceived value. Here toys to life is doing better than you may expect. The perception of the investment is positive compared to other types of toys or video games. 77 percent said it was definitely or probably worth the investment. Two-thirds of parents say that they are extremely or very likely to purchase a new toys to life game a character in the next six months. With all three launching in the next six weeks or so we will soon be able to tell if this is the case.


Longevity is another important measure of success for video-games. Millions of homes still have a Wii for example but few still play it. In the toys to life space the study showed that only 7 percent of families having abandoned play altogether. One of the key reasons for this abandonment has been that their child or children may have outgrown the games; these households mainly have teenage children that have aged out of the category, with very few having children under the age of 9.

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It looks like there is more transfer growth than abandonment of the concept then. With amiibo and the upcoming LEGO Dimensions, families seem more likely to switch game than move onto something without toys associated. “This study shows that consumers are moving franchises, but not abandoning the category,” said Liam Callahan, industry analyst, The NPD Group. “This bodes well for the overall health of the space, especially for new entrants, as it shows consumers are willing to try new franchises.”

Most positively, it seems toys to life games drive cross-generational play. Within households currently playing toys to life games, 52 percent indicate that adults are among those that play. Interestingly, among Nintendo amiibo-playing households with children, 21 percent of parents go as far to sat that only they are playing these games.

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This is in stark contrast with the other franchises where less then 10 percent of adults play in the household. “Though adults may also be playing, children are incredibly influential in the discovery and purchasing of IGT games and characters, with their opinions and preferences greatly motivating their parents’ purchasing behaviors,” said Callahan. “These games appeal to a wide variety of player types, and it’s an appeal that may grow further with new entrants in the category.”

Of course a strong selling point of toys to life games is that they are toys as well as video-games. On this point it seems less successful. Players are spending the majority of their time playing on screen, with 22 percent of total character playtime being spent playing with them as toys, and not with a video game console.

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Still, 22 percent of the time playing on the living room carpet with what are essentially static plastic figurines is still a substantial amount of time. This is only likely to rise with Skylanders Supercharers roll-able vehicles and LEGO Dimensions proper LEGO builds.

As players get older they play less on the floor and more on the screen. However, 40 percent of parents state that that their 13-17 year olds continue to play with characters like toys or action figures. These players seemed less likely to admit the fact themselves.

“The mass appeal of interactive gaming toys presents an opportunity for licensors looking to leverage their brand in new and innovative ways,” said Callahan. “Licensors can increase awareness and sales to consumers who may not otherwise interact with them, extending the value of the brand beyond its core market.”

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While the study focused on the central toys to life games of Skylanders, Infinity, Amiibo and Dimensions, there are also a number of other players coming into the space, eager for a slice of the market.

PlayMation is a major play from Disney that mixes in Marvel and Star Wars branded wearable tech along with outside play. This still has a central app, upgrades, missions and points but moves the experience more towards the toy end of the spectrum.

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Anki Overdrive also extends play into the real world. Here the tie to a video-game mechanic is stronger though. The game offers a Scalectrix style racing challenge. However, the physical cars are robotic and automatically steer around the tracks that players construct. Using an app players can then fire virtual weapons, steer and accelerate. Cars can be upgraded and customized using currency earned in the game.

Last year’s game sold out at Christmas and this year Anki Overdrive adds new game modes like King of the Hill and snap together tracks for a more flexible play scheme.

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Cars Daredevil Garage aims at the younger end of the spectrum with a collectable diecast car from Pixars Cars movie at the center. Players scan in these cars to unlock them in the game. They then race them around a slot car track by tapping different moves at the right time.

The novelty is not only the toys to life game but the sheer number of cars on offer. It functions as a fun game for younger players but also a way to record their diecast collection for older more avid collectors.

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With so much competition it’s likely that we will be seeing the first toys to life casualties in the next couple of years as these products cost a lot to develop and maintain. For now though it’s still something of a golden age for the hybrid video-game toy genre.

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Andy Robertson is a freelance technology and gaming expert for a range of national media. He produces the daily Family Gamer TV show on YouTube.


Source: Forbes.com

Kids have three times too much homework, study finds

Story highlights

  • First-graders get nearly three times the homework education leaders recommend, a study concludes
  • The cost of excessive homework is "enormous," the study's contributing editor says

Now a new study may help explain some of that stress.

The study, published Wednesday in The American Journal of Family Therapy, found students in the early elementary school years are getting significantly more homework than is recommended by education leaders, in some cases nearly three times as much homework as is recommended.

The standard, endorsed by the National Education Association and the National Parent-Teacher Association, is the so-called "10-minute rule" -- 10 minutes per grade level per night. That translates into 10 minutes of homework in the first grade, 20 minutes in the second grade, all the way up to 120 minutes for senior year of high school. The NEA and the National PTA do not endorse homework for kindergarten.

Related: The great homework debate: Too much, too little or busy work?

In the study involving questionnaires filled out by more than 1,100 English and Spanish speaking parents of children in kindergarten through grade 12, researchers found children in the first grade had up to three times the homework load recommended by the NEA and the National PTA.

Parents reported first-graders were spending 28 minutes on homework each night versus the recommended 10 minutes. For second-graders, the homework time was nearly 29 minutes, as opposed to the 20 minutes recommended.

And kindergartners, their parents said, spent 25 minutes a night on after-school assignments, according to the study carried out by researchers from Brown University, Brandeis University, Rhode Island College, Dean College, the Children's National Medial Center and the New England Center for Pediatric Psychology.

"It is absolutely shocking to me to find out that particularly kindergarten students (who) are not supposed to have any homework at all ... are getting as much homework as a third-grader is supposed to get," said Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, the contributing editor of the study and clinical director of the New England Center for Pediatric Psychology.

"Anybody who's tried to keep a 5-year-old at a table doing homework for 25 minutes after school knows what that's like. I mean children don't want to be doing, they want to be out playing, they want to be interacting and that's what they should be doing. That's what's really important."

Related: Is homework making your child sick?

Donaldson-Pressman, co-author of "The Learning Habit: A Groundbreaking Approach to Homework and Parenting that Helps Our Children Succeed in School and Life," says the National Education Association (and the National PTA) made their recommendations after a number of studies were done on the effects of homework and the effects on families of having too much homework.

"The cost is enormous," she said. "The data shows that homework over this level is not only not beneficial to children's grades or GPA, but there's really a plethora of evidence that it's detrimental to their attitude about school, their grades, their self-confidence, their social skills and their quality of life."

In fact, a study last year showed that the impact of excessive homework on high schoolers included high stress levels, a lack of balance in children's lives and physical health problems such as ulcers, migraines, sleep deprivation and weight loss.

The correlation between homework and student performance is less clear cut.

Previous research, including a 2006 analysis of homework studies, found a link between time spent on homework and achievement but also found it was much stronger in secondary school versus elementary school. Another study, this one in 2012, found no relationship between time spent on homework and grades but did find a positive link between homework and performance on standardized tests.

The stress on families

The current study also examined the stress homework places on families and found that as the parent's confidence in their ability to help their child with homework went down, the stress in the household went up.

Fights and conflicts over homework were 200% more likely in families where parents did not have at least a college degree, according to the study.

Parents who have a college degree felt more confident, not necessarily in helping their child with their homework, but in communicating with the school to make sure the level is appropriate, said Donaldson-Pressman.

Related: Awkward! The tough transition to middle school

"Undereducated parents really believe that their children are supposed to be able to do (the homework), therefore, their children must be doing something else during school" instead of focusing on their studies, she said. "So the parents argue with the kids, the kids feel defeated and dumb and angry, very angry, and the parents are fighting with each other. It's absolutely a recipe for disaster."

She added, "All of our results indicate that homework as it is now being assigned discriminates against children whose parents don't have a college degree, against parents who have English as a second language, against, essentially, parents who are poor."

What can parents do?

Many parents might feel stressed just reading about homework, but there are specific things they can do to make the entire homework experience less anxiety-producing for everyone in the household, parenting experts say.

Jessica Lahey is author of the just released book "The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed."

Lahey recommends that if parents are concerned about how much time their children are spending on homework, they first look at how and where their child is doing their homework to see whether that's a contribution to how long it takes. For instance, are the children being distracted by smartphones, music or other household activities?

If a parent has done that and determined the child is still spending too much time on homework, contact with the teacher makes sense, said Lahey, who is also a columnist for The New York Times and a contributor to The Atlantic and Vermont Public Radio.

Related: This is your child's brain on reading

"It is absolutely appropriate for you early on when the kid's little and later on when the kid gets older for the kid to talk to the teacher ... Rather than being defensive about it, what you can do is say, 'Look this is supposed to take 30 minutes, but it's taking me an hour. Can you help me figure out why?' " she said.

"If you come at it from a 'Can you help me solve this problem, can we partner together to talk about why this might be so?' that's going to do much better for you and for your kid in the long run."

Biggest mistakes parents make?

One of the biggest mistakes parents make when it comes to homework, said Lahey, is dictating the terms of homework. Instead, parents should hand the details over to the children concerning how, when and where the homework gets done.

"Some kids like to do their work immediately when they get home from school. Some don't. Some kids crazily enough like to do it really, really early in the morning," she said. "But it never really occurs to us to ask, 'What would your perfect homework day look like?' and at the very least that will make your child feel heard and then give them some control back over the order in which they do things, over where they do it, over how they do it."

Related: Is it OK to let your child fail?

Finally, Lahey recommends parents set really clear expectations at the beginning of the school year about the homework getting done and ending up in the teacher's hands. But that's really as far as parents should go, she says. She highly discourages parents from correcting their kids' homework -- and even doing it themselves.

Homework is meant to help children and the teacher know which skills are missing and what needs improvement. Secondly, and something that is crucial to the success of our children later in life, is the importance of letting our kids learn how to make mistakes, letting them fail and find the motivation for their own success.

"In order to be invested in our own learning or anything we're doing, we need to feel like we have some control over the details of it. We need to have some autonomy and control over the details of it. We need to feel competent," said Lahey. "And if parents are fixing homework for us, the kid never really gets to feel competent because the parent's the one fixing it and they really need to feel invested and connected to the material."

Do you think kids get too much or too little homework? Share your thoughts with Kelly Wallace on Twitter @kellywallacetv or CNN Parents on Facebook.