Most parents have a hard time assisting their kids with homework; I mean, let’s be honest, it usually ends in a headache or you screaming… at them. The kid looks at you like, “what did I do?” but the only thing you’re thinking is BE A LITTLE SMARTER!
There is a group of moms that just eliminate the stress and do the homework for their kids but that isn’t helping them at all. I think those moms forget that they have a test on the same subject matter as the homework, or maybe they don’t care that the A+ homework doesn’t match the D- test.
When it comes to my son my mom is such a blessing, because although she yells and gets frustrated she has the ability to help him unlike me. Growing up no matter how frustrated my brother and I made our parents when they helped us with our homework, they still made us do it for ourselves and they made sure we understood the work.
My mom was a warden when it came to homework, if there were any eraser markings on your paper it got thrown out and you started over. Trust me, there were many days I wanted to lose my mind but now that I am older I appreciate her toughness. We all feel the same way when we think of homework. It makes us itch and want to pull our hair out, we already went through years and years of school why must homework and projects still haunt us?!
Why wasn’t that in a waiver we had to sign during those nine months?!?!
But seriously, after a long day at work the last thing we want to do is come home and help with homework –but it’s a part of our job. Think of how many times we wanted to trade lives with our younger self and go back to just being a kid again when our only responsibilities were homework and keeping our rooms clean. But there are those moms that don’t mind doing double work, they come home from a long day and instead of just helping their kids they sit down and do their homework for them.
I have talked to a number of mom’s that are guilty of doing their children’s work for them and they know that it isn’t beneficial for their child but they do it anyway. Considering our children are with their teachers for so many hours the teachers get to know them very well. They know how they speak and how they write, so when certain homework assignments get turned in that sound nothing like the child they spend time with every day, they know. And then there are those moms that get upset when the teacher gives that assignment a low grade because they know it was a perfect paper but the teacher knew it wasn’t the child’s work.
We enable our children and make them dependent on us to do things that they should be able to do on their own. We end up creating little monsters and it doesn’t help us in the end. So all the moms guilty of doing their children’s homework stop today and just take a Tylenol, suck on a halls and deal with the headache we all face!