Ugh! Why Can't I Get My Kid To Do Homework!? Help
I have a 9 year old son who I have to fight constantly with in order to get his homework done! He is in the 3rd grade and since he has started it has been a constant struggle with him. This is our schedule: first he breaks out the homework (math, reading assignment, writing assignment), I explain the assignment to him, he complains it's too hard and his teacher didn't show him how to do it ( not true), we work through the initial complaint and he begins, then I have to correct it ( This is where we have the major meltdown!), he cries, and cries, and cries for a good 15-20 minutes before my husband and I send him to his room to calm down. After he calms, we call him back out to the kitchen to complete his homework, we calmly explain to him why his answers are wrong and help him to correct answers. I don't do this with him initially because I want him to try first on his own to see how much he actually knows and can do alone. Usually after the second tantrum he comes around but by this time it's late and he can't go outside to play anymore and he's upset all over again! I have had many meetings with the teacher and counselor at the school. He clearly understand the information he receives in class and participates and answers questions correctly when the teacher calls on him but he struggles so much with the paperwork his teacher brings home. I am seriously considering home schooling him. I think he may just need more individual attention that his teacher can't provide in a classroom of about 25.
I currently work full-time but I have now begun to work from home as well and my goal is to stay home full time so that I can spend more time with my kids and help them to develop in not only academics, but in outdoor activities too. My husband and I both work long shift so by the time we get home the schedule is literally helping with homework while I cook dinner simultaneously, eat dinner, read a quick book, bath, and bed. That is just no way to live. I know many people are having this same issue and I just really can't believe that this is the way life has to be is it?
Even though I am brand new to this working from home I am enjoying it thoroughly and I cannot wait to be able to actually enjoy life with my kids! We have never even been to Disneyland! Every kid should enjoy that right! I hope that once things take off life will get better for my and my family. If anyone has any suggestions I would be more than happy to listen or read any advice given :) But I have tries nearly every angle I can think of and haven't found a solution. Oh yeah, and according to my son's teacher my son may be in jeopardy of being held back which would just crush him and I think that would only damage his self-esteem and make things worst for him academically.
Again, if anyone has any feedback I am all hears.
Thanks for reading.