Homework: Yuck!

The reality is that for my boys, the optimal time to do homework is long gone by the time I walk in the door.
Anne Tergesen

Homework. Most kids hate it. And while parents recognize its long-term benefits, they aren’t any happier about the daily struggle to get it done. In the homework wars (“Sit down and do your homework now!” “Stop nagging me!”), working parents are at a distinct disadvantage. When I walk in the door at 6:30, my boys are too tired and excited to see me to immediately shift into homework mode. But if their reading, spelling, and math doesn’t get done by 7:30, all is lost; My six- and eight-year-old sons become way too tired to do anything without considerable hand-holding (and some tears). And the whole ordeal starts to interfere with our already chaotic bedtime routine. The reality is that for my boys, the optimal time to do homework is long gone by the time I walk in the door.

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