Full disclosure, my mother was a teacher for 47 years. I have a Master's Degree in Social Work. Having said that, this is not about the homework being too hard, or taking too long.
I have a hard time with what my son is studying sometimes. In order to learn his spelling words, the assignment is to write a story with them. Now, I know that writing a story will *also* teach him other things like handwriting, fine motor skills, keyboarding (sometimes he types his homework), creativity, increase his vocabulary, grammar, syntax, sentence structure, etc.
But honestly, sometimes I just don't want to dedicate the time that it would take to turn out a two to three paragraph story in order to make sense of 15 totally unrelated words!
If this were a long-term project, I would help him break it into steps, plan his time, etc. But I wouldn't do the work. But tonight, I just got caught in a bind. My husband got called into work and I had to attend an after school activity that he would normally take care of. Which meant I would not be available later in the evening to help DS. We cannot do homework in the morning, he still sleeps 11 hours a night! Instead of doing the kind of helping that I normally do, I just wrote most of the stupid story! I told him it was an end of the year gift, and since there is no spelling test this week, I saw no harm in it. I don't plan to make a habit of this, there's no way that this could become a slippery slope for me.
Have you ever done your kid's homework?
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