Monday, August 22, 2016

I am not interested in doing homework

The other day I reminded my son that camp would be over soon, and it would be time for him to return to school.

He frowned at me.

I ignored his frown and told him that when he gets home from school he will need to finish any homework he has before he is allowed to play. And he immediately burst into tears.

After a few minutes, I was able to determine that his tears were because he was sad that camp would be over and he was scared about how much time his homework would take. When he was calmer, I explained to him that his homework was his responsibility.

Because I don't want to do any more homework.

There are lots of sites out there that refer to homework as a way to have more family time, but here's the thing: Homework is an activity that children need to learn how to do on their own. Don't get me wrong, I am all for setting my son up for success (a set time and place to work, checking that it has been done, trying to help him when he absolutely needs it), but overall, I think that homework is my son's responsibility.

What about your household? Are your children responsible for completing their homework on their own? Tell me in the comments.


  1. My daughter is still in kindergarten, so her homework, for now, has to involve either me or my husband. When she's older, I have every intention of stepping back and letting her do it on her own. However, I find myself being more of a helicopter mom than I ever thought, so who knows if I stick to the plan.

  2. You are right. It is hard to fight off those helicopter tendencies.