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Debby-6-Kids

Location: Rhode Island, USA

Position: Parent


Are there others out there that have the homework struggle at home? I have the two younger guys and it never fails they sail through the door and one pulls out the homework to do and the other fights tooth and nail about wanting to do it later because he wants to spend time with his friends before it gets dark.


I know it is winter here and they do not have much time to play with the friends before it gets dark. On the other hand when the weather gets better and it is lighter later then I want to get the homework out of the way so they can be outside longer. I feel like I am sending them mixed signals.


With the weather being so cold they do not have outdoor recess so I know they have a ton of pent up energy when they get home.


Any ideas?


 

Thanks, Debby

 

 

#1

zemlene

Location: philippines

Position: Classroom Teacher


Well, i think you did it just right if you explained to them why at times you allow them to play, and why at times you also don’t allow them to go out before it gets dark. With your explanations, surely your kids will understand why you did such things.

As for their pent up emotions during this time of year, you can set them some indoor activities that need some actions… You and your kids can play inside one room. Maybe they can do some dancing or playing hide and seek or anything that has a lot a fun that involves them physical and mental exercise. These way, you and your kids can bond more.


#2

AyOuB

Location: Setif, Algeria

Positions: Classroom Teacher Administrator, English Teacher


Hello Debby; Did you try to encourage them do their homework without telling them that they HAVE to do them but they NEED to do them. I think if your boys understand that doing homework isn’t an obligation but it is Fun; How? you need to find what does your boys like & hate about doing homework in time.


#3

Rose

Location: Philippines

Position: Parent


Do your boys have a schedule on doing their homeworks?

My boys would give me tons of excuses before they hit the books. What I did was to be firm on them that they have to finish their homeworks before playing, watching TV and spending time with friends. I watch them do their homework so that no one will try to get smart with me and do other things.


#4

Debby-6-Kids

Location: Rhode Island, USA

Position: Parent


I have a routine where they come in from school we take a few minutes to discuss the day and then we hit the books. Lately the 11 yr old has been finding a million excuses instead of doing homework. I tell him this needs to be done before the friends come over.

Next thing we know the friends are at the door and the fun really begins. He is trying to rush through and the stress level goes through the roof. I am at the point of having to tell the friends they cannot play at the house during the school week which I really hate to do.

There is no doubt in my mind he knows how important homework is so asking him to do it has not worked.

I have asked the friends to not come over before a certain time and that didn’t work either.

Most of the kids that come here are alone after school so I really hate to send them back home to a empty house. I have thought of starting a homework club so that I am not pushing

kids away.


#5

Rose

Location: Philippines

Position: Parent


Awww, Debby. Same here. I’d feel guilty sending those boys away to an empty house.

How about letting the boys do their homeworks together in your house? So that your son wouldn’t rush doing his. Not sure if this is a good idea though.


#6

Debby-6-Kids

Location: Rhode Island, USA

Position: Parent


Yes Rose, I am thinking the same thing. Not like the parents wouldn’t know where the boys are. I just feel bad for the kids (not mine) I feel awful if I have to send them away.

I can see it now I’ll set up my own classroom. Ayoub, better be ready to give me some teaching pointers here! :)


#7

Rose

Location: Philippines

Position: Parent


That’s so nice of you, Debby. Good luck and I hope the boys wouldn’t create a lot of mess in your house.


#8

Debby-6-Kids

Location: Rhode Island, USA

Position: Parent


Thanks Rose. As far as creating a mess in the house my kids need no help in this field. They are like litle tornados and they don’t even know they are doing it! I don’t mind the mess as long as they are all willing to pitch in and help clean up after.

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