Monday, April 9, 2012


Yep, it's another to do. I know there will be some of you who this doesn't relate to, but I also know there are many who have kids or go to school themselves (or both).

Homework Honestly Hasn't Happened Happily Here


Whether it's homework for you, your kids, or both-homework can be a challenge to knock off of the to do. Even my five year old hates doing homework. Some things that help get it done.

Homework is best tackled right after school (maybe right after school, after snack-I know my kids are starving when they get home), when there hasn't been time to get out of school-mode and into I'm-at-home-and-want-to-do-anything-that-doesn't-involve-school-mode. Plus, if you do homework right when you get home, it's done and out of the way and you get the remainder of the evening to do whatever.

Another thing that works is finding ways to make it fun. Find something around the house to incorporate into the homework process.

Finally, if you have kids (or even nieces or nephews that your helping do homework), make sure you at least appear to be enjoying the homework. If kids see adults looking like they despise doing the work, they will despise it too. I have always been that kid who thinks homework is fun all the time, but I know there are a lot of people who don't think so.

BTW-finding ways to make it fun AND tackling homework immediately is directed at the adults who are in school as well. It's easy to get caught up in the relief that you're at home and done with your school day, but your 'home time' is much more relaxing if your 'homework time' is out of the way.

Happy, um-Homeworking? :)


Sarah Pearson said...

When the girls were little, they always did homework as soon as they got in, even on Fridays. Now they're teenagers and set their own schedule, they still tend to do it as soon as they get home :-)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

No kids and no homework, but housework can be viewed the same way.

cherie said...

I guess I'm lucky that my 2nd grader doesn't mind doing homework. She's one of those rare kids who actually enjoy school (and learning. Wheee! Lucky me!) But I do agree that the best time to do homework is right after school, preferably with a snack to munch on. Because if you procrastinate and promise to do it later, believe me, it will not get done at all. :)

Kela McClelland said...

Sarah-It's just so much easier to get it out of the way right after school. I'm sure I will have more trouble getting my girls to do that when they're teenagers though.

Alex-Yeah, I know...but I couldn't do housework for my H because I'm using it for my P ('Pick Up);)

Cherie-My four year old (who's only in headstart) loves homework. I'm always having to find 'homework' for her to do because she gets so sad if her teacher doesn't give her any. My five year old, however, hates it. She even told her teacher that homework is embarrassing.

Theresa Milstein said...

Good tips.

I used to struggle with my son over homework. My daughter has been easier. I still have to help them here and there, but now it's rarely stressful.

nutschell said...

thats one of the things I dont miss about school:)
Great A-Z post!

Gina said...

I'm of the kind who's never enjoyed homework except for a few subjects that I loved, but my kids aren't like me, thank God. The looove school, enjoy their homework, and will cry if for whatever reason they forgot to do it and have to face their teacher without a properly done homework. Who knew I would spawn such responsible little souls? Anyway, I never say I hate homework, of course, I encourage their love for everything school, and I reward all the positive routines. I can only hope we'll carry this good attitude as we get old. We'll see.

Great post.
From Diary of a Writer in Progress

Tyrean Martinson said...

We have homeschool hours . . . and we go to a homeschool co-op where my oldest gets assigned homework and I teach and assign homework - prep time is my homework time. However, I agree that getting homework/school done early so the rest of the day is fun is a good idea.

Sharkbytes said...

I'm not missing homework. College and grad school and kids bringing it home. That was enough. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month.

Heather M. Gardner said...

My six year old argues with me the whole time we do homework after school. Apparently his teacher knows everything and I know nothing.
It's so much fun!