Oh, wise parents, I need your help here. How do you motivate a 9-year-old boy to do his homework? Last week I received an e-mail from said boy’s teacher that he did not do his homework and that she appreciated his parents’ “cooperation” with this matter.
Every week, the class receives a packet of work sheets — in Spanish and in English — with writing and math exercises. They have one week to complete the work. As it turns out, Mr. Ari had not only missed a packet, but hadn’t planned to turn in any homework today either. So yesterday I frantically called around parents to see who could send me the monstrous packet — there were like 10 pages here, people! — even though their kids had already written on the worksheets. After a friend took pictures of the worksheets on her camera phone and texted to me, I transcribed all the work sheets — math boxes and all — for a total of 2.5 hours. Oh, and did I tell you that I have a work trip to prepare for this week? Ugh!
For the first time in my life, I felt my father’s pain. I’d leave projects for the last minute and he’d bring home the supplies and pull an all-nighter with me to complete the assignment. Okay, I don’t have it so bad, but yesterday I looked back on my procrastinating days and thought, “Wow, I was a real dick.” I am trying to avoid this with my kids…as I need my beauty rest.
Tips to instill a little more responsibility in DS? Thanks so much! What’s up with you?