Let your family know in advance about any projects, meetings, out-of-town trips, and obligations you have coming up. You may want to hang up a calendar on which both adults and kids pencil in important dates. That way, kids can plainly see when you're free and plan their requests for help accordingly. (This kind of coordination can take a little effort! But eventually, with experience, your child will learn not to expect help searching for information on a project on an evening when you're scheduled to do something else!)
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