I know there’s a time to learn to sit and study, but I keep in mind my kids do that often in their school classroom. Depending on their age and personality, they may need to babble and toddle with homework before they run. At home, we try to keep the kids as in charge of their homework as possible and honor each child’s learning style. If we can help our kids enjoy homework and become responsible students, we are planting a seed that will blossom over a lifetime. Homework never goes away, as adults it just morphs.
Share your homework with your kids. Be honest about the homework that’s not so fun and how you cope, stay organized, etc: Paying bills, filling out applications, building a new resume, reading a book or manual for work, catching up on work emails you didn’t finish at the office. And, show them when you’re doing homework you love: researching a new product you’d like to buy, reading about an upcoming DIY home project, planning meals or making a grocery list, etc.
Keeping it real, Shelisa