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Whoa, Momma!

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Never too young for homework?



My daughter came home with four pages of homework the other day. She's 19 months old.

Now I've come to expect that the world of homework is far different from when I was a kid. Parents no longer simply ask about homework. They do it, even if it's under the guise of "helping.'' (I've heard horror stories about parents pulling all-nighters on science projects while their kids are fast asleep.)

Still, I wasn't prepared to have homework for a child who would rather eat crayons than draw with them.

My first thought was that it must be some kind of joke. How cute. Homework for a little girl who's getting sooo big.

Soon I wasn't laughing. The next day came a note from the teacher directing Mom and Dad to help with her homework. Due date: Monday.

Oops, they're serious. So that night, daddy and I got out the crayons and started tracing the letter O and coloring octopuses. We wondered how will they grade this? And how will we survive algebra?

Any thoughts on homework? Tips for handling it?

- Susan Thurston, Times mom


[Last modified: Thursday, May 13, 2010 10:56am]


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