A Guest Post by Abigail Wald Too often kids and parents meet in battle over the homework table, but believe it or not, says Hand in Hand’s Abigail Wald, homework can be, and should be, a time for connection. Talking … Continue reading
So school has started and you’ve just about got a handle on the new routine when another hurdle hits: homework. Even if the kids get home in a good mood, uttering “homework” can be enough to bring on sour looks and … Continue reading
After the start of the second grade, I very quickly noticed some heavy struggles around homework come up. It was clear I was going to need to help my child with school. At the start of the year, my son’s … Continue reading
Fifteen minutes of staylistening followed by fifteen minutes of hanging out (aka Special Time) turned out to be the magic formula for my then fifteen-year old daughter on this particular Sunday evening. My daughter was in a crabby mood. She … Continue reading
During Special Time my daughter was gleefully giving me homework problems to do. Whether I followed her instruction exactly or fumbled with a mistake, I was always WRONG. I happily played my part in this game, exclaiming with distress how I just couldn’t seem to figure it out or do it right.
Then as I was working on the next “assignment,” she all the sudden said, “DING! It’s time to move to the next station. No, no, stop what you’re doing! It’s time to move on. No, you can’t finish it!”
My daughter was given a month to learn all the states and their capitals. She’s in fifth grade. About two weeks before the due date, she had learned some states, but not many, and I made the suggestion that we … Continue reading