Tips for At-home Study Nooks

It seems that kids have more and more homework, and from an earlier age.

Though you can’t alleviate the figurative pain your children feel at the prospect of several hours of homework and studying each night, you can take steps to make sure they don’t suffer literal pain, in the form of neck and back aches or sore wrists and fingers.

Though we are taught to “sit still” from an even earlier age, that wasn’t really how the human body was designed, especially for long periods of time. The good news is that there is a proper way to sit so that the body remains active and engaged, in proper alignment.

This is particularly important for teenagers, who are in class for several hours each day, sitting, listening and taking notes. Then they go to the library or their room and sit for a few more hours doing homework and studying. Even if they take breaks for social networking, video games or texting with friends, they are probably still sitting. And a break for family dinner calls for… more sitting.

In addition to taking short breaks from sitting, proper workstation ergonomics –including correct chair height, adequate equipment spacing and good desk posture – can help your kids stay comfortable as they study.

Height-adjustable furniture is an important element of a study nook for still- developing adolescents.

Also, awareness of neutral body positioning – a comfortable working posture in which joints are naturally aligned – reduces stress and strain on the muscles, tendons, and skeletal system and reduces the risk of developing a musculoskeletal disorder.