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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

How much homework must Mommas do?



Mom_project1 At the beginning of the school year, I decided that this was the year that my child would be more independent. To be exact, this was the year that she would do most of her work on her own. Sure, that means that some of her projects might not be as professional looking as those in which the parents "help" a little too much, but she would have the satisfaction of knowing that she did the work, not me.

If only it were that easy.

It's been hard for her to do these things on her own because when kids are younger, schools set up the projects to be done with parental help. Now, it's difficult for her to wean herself from that. After she finishes, I do check her work and make suggestions. But she says I wouldn't have to make changes if I had just helped her in the beginning.

The result: lots of yelling and near meltdowns. But I think that she won't learn to do it if she doesn't work on her own. I've been through elementary school, so her teachers don't want me to do the work -- and I don't want to.

So am I being too hard on her by making her work on her own? Am I causing more trouble at home by not just helping her with the projects from the beginning? Or should I stick to my guns and know that maybe there is a light at the end of the tunnel as she matures and works on her own? Come on Mommas, I need your help.

-- Times Momma


[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:03am]


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