Friday, November 7, 2014

Different Moods I Encounter When Doing Homework With My Kids

Homework. I hate doing it with the kids. But if I don't, they might not do it. Then they'll never graduate and never leave the house. So I sit there with them, making sure it's done. I experience all sorts of moods.






Impatience. Does it really take a half hour to do one page of homework?



Confusion. Don't ask me how to do that Common Core math crap. I can barely do the regular math crap. But when you ask me to write a number sentence or figure out a problem using a double ten frame, I'm out. I am not smarter than a fifth grader. Sorry.



Annoyance. What's with all the excuses? No, you do NOT need to stand on your head right now, you need to finish writing your sentences. It's not the proper time to do a jig. Finish you work so Mommy can read!



More impatience. Why does it take this long to read a paragraph? I love to read. I was reading IT by the fifth grade for God's sake! So why don't my children love reading as I do? Why aren't they picking it up as I did? 



Excitement. Homework is finally finished! Yes! 



But then SADNESS appears, because a kid is like, "Oh wait. I forgot I had to do THIS page too..."



Homework.

I wish it didn't exist.


76 comments:

  1. my parents never helped with homework. my mom was busy smoking or working/ ah, the 80s latch key kids....

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  2. omg i know. it's horrifying how much kids HATE homework. i get it - homework is boring as shit but damn, it's ONE PAGE or FOUR SENTENCES or PATTERNS. how hard can that be?

    kayla used to rush through it and it was messy as hell so now i'm tiger mom bitch and tell her: you do it right or i will erase the whole thing and make you do it TWICE. AND NO TV AFTER THAT BECAUSE YOU SCREWED AROUND WITH YOUR HOMEWORK.

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  3. Oh I can relate to this! Today is homework day because we're too busy this weekend. I am dreading it! I can't do math to save my life, I'm always like "Errr, I'm not really sure" and then my 11 year old ends up teaching ME (or trying to, I just kind of switch off when it comes to math.. always have done)

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  4. Bahaha. Basically sums up why I decided not to be a teacher.

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  5. I go through these myself and I feel like I have failed massively in the reading department although I read to both of them! But our son and reading get along like cows and ballet!

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  6. We are not there yet but I'm afraid. I wonder when she'll realize she knows more than me in basic math and science. High school? Middle school? 4th grade??

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  7. I think things are much different than they were when I was in school. I never had much homework and my parents never, ever helped me with it.

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  8. HAHAHAHA! Even as a homeschool mom, I have experienced these moods multiple times!

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  9. LMBO I know what you mean :) My eldest is in all honors, she's in the seventh grade, so…. I'm trying REAL hard to act like I know what she's doing :D Thank goodness for Khan academy.
    XOXO

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  10. I deal with this at our house too. I HATE homework

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  11. I don't ever remember my mom helping me with homework in elementary school haha. I don't even remember getting homework, though I'm sure we did ;) Come middle/high school, I never ever got help!

    But yes, I get it.

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  12. I'm not there yet, but gah... doesn't sound like fun ;)

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  13. ONE of the good things about the boys getting older, is not having to do homework anymore. I hated every second of it.

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  14. OMG! You are so right! Nikki does homework on her own now and hates to show it (although she's having to start to since she's been doing badly on tests in math lately). But Jonathan? He needs to be sat next to so that he will keep working. He knows how to do it all, but he can't sit still. And he comes up with tons of excuses.

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  15. I do not miss the days of having to sit at the table during homework time!!! Now the boys are self-sufficient and only need help occasionally - as long as it's math or science I'm good anything else I'm pretty much no help.

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  16. Exhibit p of why I cannot/don't want to have children.

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  17. I'm not looking forward to homework with my independent, stubborn kindergartener.

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  18. I'm trying to figure out why my kindergartener needs homework.

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  19. hahahaa..the Arnold gif, too good. I don't get it- I always did my homework on my own. No one checked it, no one helped me, I was on my own. You're a great mom

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  20. And this is why I'm so glad my kids do their homework at their after-school program! On days they are home, I hate it!!

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  21. I almost died when I read this post. I read IT in 5th grade too! Wow.

    And yeah, CCSS math? Impossible.

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  22. Omgosh lady. I need to send you a bottle of wine! I don't know how you do it and keep up with the blog. Super Amber.

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  23. Awesome post, very funny. Reminded when my son had to do his math homework today. What a battle

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  24. I'm in the middle of having to help or guide them into completing homework as I have 2 in highschool who are pretty much independent and 2 little ones. I do however remember random days of having to help. The patience is quickly stolen.

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  25. i understand its challenging. I remember my Mom, used to bribe us with candies if we finished out homework.

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  26. I love the friends gif, it's perfect there! My kindergartner doesn't have real homework yet. I'm not looking forward to it, especially since research is showing there's no benefit to it in elementary school.

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  27. Awww, loved this post! I understand it can become a bit challenging. Now I understand my mother's former pain

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  28. I feel like confussion will be the biggest for me esepecially when they start getting into math.

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  29. Luckily, I never get to take care of my kid's homework. Too much of a headache and I have happily tasked my hubby that. Yay!!

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  30. This made me giggle! It's refreshing to read a blog post where someone is pretending to be the perfect parent!

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  31. NOW, I understand why there was so much yelling when it came time for my parents to help me with my homework. I will pray for you. LOL!

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  32. lol I think you have it all covered! I never had help with my homework, so throughout those different moods realise you are also been extremely supportive of your children and they will thank you and treasure these moments when they are older :)

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  33. Though I am not a parent yet I definitely witnessed this during the few times I asked helped from my parents for homework. It somehow pushed me to strive harder for myself and eventually learned to do them myself or find other ways to get help.

    KatrinaJeanCarter.wordpress.com

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  34. hahaha I haven't read something that has made me actually laugh in a while!!! I can relate to all those feelings!!
    THEFOREVERTEACHER

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  35. Hahahaha Omg! Those moods are SO me!! It is a difficult job sometimes.

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  36. Those are almost the same reactions I have at work!

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  37. This is amazing, lol :) My kids aren't even school aged yet but I feel your pain!! The videos are too funny! -Erin at www.stayathomeyogi.com

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  38. This is hilarious. I am fortunate that homework time has always been effortless on my part in out house.

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  39. LOL! Impatience can happen because we all want to be doing other things. But, good to have someone there to help to do these things.

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  40. haha...i didn't mind doing homework with my kids. funny thing is my parents never did homework with me. i guess things were different back then...lol.

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  41. haha this is hilarious! but sadly, I was one of those kids that just took forever to do homework, my mom got lucky because my older sister always had to help me.

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  42. Hahaha I can relate. helping my friends daughter with her spelling homework can sometimes take a toll on my nerves. And i'm a nerd...lol

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  43. I like the "confusion" one! I know my parents thought that one with some strange homework assignments I had as a child!

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  44. We haven't entered the world of homework yet, but I fear it. I'm not sure what I'll think of common core. I also worry about too much homework too soon for younger kids.

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  45. Lol. I've been there. I am so glad that both my kids are grown ups. The first one is married and the other one is in his last year in college.

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  46. I remember, I hate doing homeworks when I was a student and my mom didn't help me.

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  47. I need more patience for my kindergarten, he is so lazy to do the homework.

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  48. hahaha i would hate that too. it's like we finally got out of school now we have to go and TRY to remember all those things we didnt want to remember.

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  49. haha, sounded like my house when the kids were growing up.. ah those were the days, that I don't miss I mean.

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  50. I deal this at our house too sometimes. But I was lucky that my grade 2 kid will do his homework by himself. I like the Excitement" one and then realized "Sadness" hahaha!Life of a parent!

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  51. It is nice to know I am not alone. My oldest never has homework, but my 7 year old...I get so frustrated with the common core Math. Too many extra steps to get the answer. Why can't we just add the numbers instead of adding the tens and then the ones adding the partial sum...ahhhhhh

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  52. I was homeschooled 5th grade to my senior year so in that time period all my homework was just schoolwork. I remember math being my worst subject though, even in college! I don't have kids yet but have zero interest in helping them with homework. I hope when the time comes I can try to have a better attitude but lucky for me , my husband is good at math so maybe we'll be okay ;-)

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  53. This made me laugh. I don't have children but I can imagine my parents going through the same emotions especially when it came it Maths.

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  54. My parents never helped me with homework but yes when i see my sister helping her kids i actually see all these things.

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  55. I've never ask my parents for help with homework and I didn't have problem with school but my brother always wanted a help and he has problems later

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  56. haha! Too funny!! My son is only 4 months but im dreading the day we have to start homework! Ugh! Common core? no, thank you.

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  57. Your post made by evening! Loved reading it! My nephew is in 2nd standard and my sister is going through the same phase!

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  58. Ha! I struggle with homework as well and they're still in preschool, I can only imagine how it's going to be like as the years pass! I should start practicing my poker face now in case I become impatient, lol!

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  59. Haha I enjoyed this! My eldest will soon be starting school. Sounds like I have lots to look forward too.

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  60. Hahahaha oh dear the struggle is real for you parents indeed. I used to help my brother and he enjoyed pissing me off because he knew he could do it he just liked to see his sister loosing her shit lol

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  61. Hahahaha.. so true! I've experienced such moods many times! It is a difficult job sometimes.

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  62. This was so funny and true.I also wish my little girl would get it find so I can read.Perfect readin

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  63. Does this apply to husbands too? Lol. Don't forget the animals. It's the whole house.

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  64. I homeschool, so those moods happen daily here! I think sometimes I have it easier, because I go through the teaching process with them instead of just getting the homework at the end of the day, after they have been in school for 8 hours.

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  65. My friend continuously gets upset while doing hw with her daughter. I guess the frustration is you expect them to know certain things already.

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  66. Haha! You are dead on point! I can relate!

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  67. This definitely sounds like some people I know with kids when it comes to homework time

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  68. Being a mom of two I can almost relate with your experience when it comes to handling homework. Impatience & Confusion are the common moods that I encounter, but at the end the excitement overtakes all when task is done!

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  69. My kids always go through different mood swings when it comes to their schoolwork. I completely understand.

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  70. I have a son and I always make sure that I am hands on in teaching him his lessons at home. I find this funny tho coz sometimes I can relate.

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  71. Hahaha too funny!!!! I use to make my mom help me with my homework all the time! She hated it lol

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  72. Lol, funny cuz it's true! You have captured each mood I went through perfectly.

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  73. Bwwwwwahahahhaha! those gifs are hilarious! I can totally relate. We spend so much energy trying to get out of school and probably forget most of what we know. then we have to struggle remember it all for the kids

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  74. Homework! UGH!! I feel your pain and you captured the essence of it as parents and kids. I have to agree...I wish it did not exist.

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  75. I am so lucky coz most of the time my son don't need my help doing his homework.. I loved the excitement part.. Lol.. I relate much then suddenly get's sad because I forgot there's more homework to do when I was studying..

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  76. Some nights I wish that homework did not exist either. I really feel like they drag enough of it home that they should've done in school that day.

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