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Homework. I Really Strongly Dislike It.

September 12th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Goodbye, summer fun.  We’ll see you next year.

Why, oh why, do my children have to do homework?  I don’t like to use the word hate, so I’ll say that I really, strongly, dislike homework!  Here is how things go in my house after school:

  • My teen-aged son gets home one hour before my middle schoolers.  He has a snack and plays his guitar and enjoys his one hour of being the only kid in the house.
  • My Middle School daughter and son arrive home.  This is when the fun begins.
  • Both younger children want my attention.
  • My youngest son wants to be loud and crazy for a little while after being cooped up all day in classes.
  • My daughter wants me to sit with her so she can tell me about her day and show me her homework.
  • Meanwhile, my youngest son doesn’t want to go outside to be loud and crazy, because he would be alone out there.  No, this needs to go on in my living room where my daughter wants me all to herself.
  • Snacks are eaten and then all three of them need to start on homework.  At this point, it is time for me to start cooking dinner and I am feeling frazzled already.  My daughter is already peeved because my youngest is annoying her.
  • My two sons sit down to the dining area table to do homework.  My youngest son is not ready to go back into work mode, but he has a lot of homework, so if he is to have any free time in the evening, he’s got to start the work now.
  • My daughter settles down in the living room to do her homework.  She wants complete silence. Hah.  She needs my help. Another Hah.  Now, I was a good student and I think I should be fine with 7th grade work, but some of the stuff she comes home with is so confusing.  This week she brought home a Science worksheet packet.  I had to read over some of the questions again and again for them to finally make sense to me.  Am I getting old (yes, but not that old) or is this stuff just written really poorly?
  • At this point, I am trying to cook, help my daughter, and quiet down my youngest son.  A little while after this is when my teen-aged son starts telling my youngest to be quiet or leave the room, because he has a lot of work to get done.
  • This fun continues until dinner.
  • Homework is removed from the dining area table so we can eat.
  • After dinner everybody gets back to work, but now more seriously because they really want to have a chunk of free time before showers and bed.

While this is going on, I think, do their teachers spend hours working/sitting sedentary at a desk when they get home?  Why do they expect a kid, that has been working hard for 6-1/2 hours at a desk at school, to do more work at home?  I don’t know what the answer is.  It seems like it’s all work, work, work.  Where is the time for daydreaming and playing?  It is limited to a couple of hours in the evening (if we’re lucky) and weekends (of course working around weekend homework.)  I realize that our kids will have to be able to compete in a world market.  I guess I’m just missing those carefree days of summer.  Sigh.

How does your family handle homework overload?

Tags: Family · High School · Middle School

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lmerie // Sep 16, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    What a great picture! I love it when kids in water (and water in air) are captured.

    As far as homework overload? What is homework?? Just kidding . . .so far . . . I hope . . . so far this year my 7th grader is doing better doing his homework. He has found time in the day to work on some of it so it is not overload at home. My oldest and my stepson most the time opted not to do it – so the battles over doing homework were more time consuming than the homework itself. (There were consquences – I held my oldest back a grade -with previous warning – as well as many other consequences). The younger one has decided he does not want his free time taken away nor any of the other consequences that can be issued. :0 it is working so far. But I don’t think I am any help – other than, it is tough!! I feel your pain!

  • 2 Gayle // Sep 16, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    It’s just good to hear that I’m not alone! Thank you!

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