What is going on with our kids homework these days? They say how far behind our children are compared to other countries, but are the children from other countries robots with no extra curricular activities? Holy cow, I am fed up with all of this! It didn’t just start, it started when my son was in first grade, kinder wasn’t finger-painting and naps either, but in first grade projects from hell started. Projects by the way that can only and I mean ONLY be done by the parents! My husband and I often find ourselves up after bedtime for the kids, cutting, building and gluing way past our own bedtimes. Something people really don’t appreciate when they HAVE a full time job, plus some! God forbid if your child has any extra activities of their own that they actually enjoy! When do our kids get to be just KIDS? when do they get to just ride their bikes or hang out with friends or go exploring, or fight with their siblings over a game? I’m not kidding, there is a huge controversy over this issue and a wonderful book written about this topic called “The Case Against Homework” http://www.thecaseagainsthomework.com/excerpt.php#top The pressure our children feel is to say the least, overwhelming! My son, now in fifth grade with all 4’s (AKA A’s) will go to bed at night and come to me an hour later saying he can’t sleep because he keeps thinking about his 3 projects due, yes 3! It’s crazy and harmful in more ways then we think. If you are also in this situation, as I’m learning myself, you can do something about it. You can start with talking to your child’s teacher. In the book I mentioned above there are a lot of things that can be done to help.
We are pushing ourselves and our children so much these days that we are forgetting to live life, and laugh and play and love! Something that is FAR more valuable than financial success which seems to be the sole reason for overloading our kids. I have yet to meet a person on their death bed that said….”I wish I had spent more time at the office.” It’s about our families and our love and memories that make life worth it. Let’s get back to what matters most!!!