01/18/2011 02:04 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

How Much Homework Is Too Much?

For most parents and children, homework is a necessary evil. Resigned to the nightly struggle, families squeeze school assignments into their evening routines.

But when kids as young as 5 years old bring home packets of worksheets from kindergarten, and older children struggle to carry book-filled knapsacks, moms and dads are right to wonder: How much homework is too much? And what should we do about it?

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