HOMEWORK: The bane of any parent’s, mean kid’s life – fact.
While spending any form of time helping your children in any sort of circumstance should be deemed a pleasure, this is in fact is not the case when it comes to the subject in matter.
World War Three tends to break out every time the question of “Do you have any homework?” is posed to son number two, the situation only deteriorating further when he is forcefully encouraged to read what is required of him on his own, obviously made even worse when it’s a comprehension exercise.
few more meltdowns are mandatory at this point and to note, the pen has not yet touched the paper, as it is in fact still safely in his bag.
Stirring up a hornets’ nest with ‘it’s not fair’ and ‘ I should be out playing, not doing more work’ comments being thrown about here and there.
Once the instructions have been read, there is naturally some huffing and puffing, followed by ‘can you just help me do this’ (gesturing to the homework in its entirety).
In order to attempt to combat these situations, snacks must be provided (call it a bribe if you like) in the form of chocolate biscuits, with more bribes and promises should he attempt to complete homework on a solo mission.
Unlikely! Tough love is what it’s all about, he must learn think for himself, even if guidance must be given in the first instance. The fact that the dinner must be cooked at this precise moment is irrelevant to him at this stressful point, as son number two now deems himself incapable of searching on the internet. Give me strength! While helping him is a mum-given-right, it sometimes is perceived that perhaps the homework in question is more set to test us parents than the children. Thank goodness for Google!
The lack of son number two’s inspiration cannot completely be blamed on the fact he is a boy, as his older brother happily ploughs through his homework, with his goal clear in his mind: finish homework, play on PlayStation. Simple.
Don’t get me started on the holiday homework, this only comes in handy when they are unruly and no plans to go out have been made – a rarity.