We have been battling homework for 2 years now. Yep, that’s right–Laynie is only in first grade. I just can’t wait until homework is actually work and not just simple worksheets that could really be done in 5 minutes if you just do them and get them over with. Instead we spend a good 30 minutes (sometimes much longer) attempting to get the minimum done. All 3 of us are usually spent by pajama time.
I’ve been trying to get more creative to make homework time more “fun” and less anxiety inducing. We’ve broken it down. We’ve read to the dog. Last week we wrote spelling words on the window with markers. But tonight…tonight we stumbled upon a real winner. It may be a one night wonder but I’ll take that. Because tonight was stress-free, tantrum-free, sassy-free, arguing-free, and generally overall pleasant. Truly pleasant. So what was this magic formula to homework success?
We did homework by candlelight. (Pardon the lack of clothing. The fewer clothes, the better for this girl!) Her pyromaniac tendencies worked to my favor tonight. I was amazed. I was relieved. I was happy.
Do your kids struggle with homework? I’d love any advice or tactics that work for you. Please share!