We all dread when our kids start "big" school, and they start coming home with homework. It's like this bad omen we already put on ourselves before it even starts. Then when it starts, and people ask how it is, we get over dramatic with it too.
Here is a tip: Space. It. Out. Yes, come home, have a snack, and while you may spend a little more time on homework, your kid gets a break as well. Yes, it may take up a bit more of your day as a parent, but guess what? You had the kid, so you get to take care of it and help him or her!
I love how Dawson's teacher does homework this year; she sends it all home on a Monday, and certain papers are due each day of the week. I think it works beautifully!
You know it's more the parents who tend to "tweak" the truth. When in reality, yes they have homework, yes it can be a lot. But the fact is it is only as much as we make it be. I hear people say all the time, just let them be kids! I completely agree with that. I think that this day and age our children are pushed too much to grow up so quick. However, I also feel like they get away with a lot of stuff and get off the hook too easy.
We allow our children to do nothing but yet get everything. I know not every parent is like this. I like to think I am not like that and believe that we are beating the odds, but I also find myself being a typical "this day and age parent" at times. My son is a spoiled brat. Our sweet angel baby, as we call him at times (he does not like that either!), gets his way most of the time. However, I am also not scared to teach him good ethics and actually "parent" him too.
Dawson needs to understand that his first and foremost job of going to school is making good grades. While others may disagree with me on this, it is important to me. If not, he could just slide through and not have a care in the world about doing his best. If he wants to play sports, great, we will allow him to, but he will not slide by because he is a fantastic ball player (which he isn't, I mean let's be honest). If his grades slip, so does the sports. If we have a problem, we will get help.
Parents, we can ban together to help our kids, and if we can't, we can get help. By HELPING (notice I didn't say do, I said help) our children with homework, we are doing them justice. Helping kids with school starts at home with both you and your child. Helping can do wonders.
We have a first grader, and some of you have older kids, who have more and harder work. I can't assist you yet, but you can us! What are some things you do to help your child exceed or do their best?