Kids learning how to do things for themselves is an obvious part of parenting. Nagging or painful pulling of their bluff. I have a few kids who have struggled greatly with following the directions in their school work so that they might actually complete it in a reasonable amount of time. Yesterday it became quite clear that one of the children in question had a complete strategy in play to see if he could get everyone else to do his homework by asking THEM questions about how to do the problems. The self discipline to study his work and understand it for himself and my teaching him.....or forcing him.....to follow through with these skills, is pretty tedious at best. To teach this lovely skill, known as helping yourself with your homework and how to study, requires my body to be still and near by to continually point him to how he can solve his own problems by reading and researching and then studying the concept till he completely understands it.
My house is a wreck, my small people are starving for attention, and once again I am puzzling over how to help the little people survive while I push the envelope with older child to help himself. I might be doing other things while said student is struggling with studying and avoiding the easiest route to success as he has it engrained in him to die many deaths rather than simply use the index and the resources online to review his math skills. Exhausting..........I guess he sees it as a battle of the wills and I sit in wait to wield my will of NO.....look it up darling child. (If I have patches of hair missing, you now know the reason).
Take courage parents, one and all! Don't do your children's homework! Send them packing to the avenues which will help them learn what they need to do. It might mean you don't have a company ready house and your meals are lacking for a while but....the rewards.....better be sweet. This child now has a teacher for his math who isn't ME, and learning how to ask the teacher questions rather than the rest of the family is one of THE most tedious parts of this of all.
I write all this down so that maybe if I look at my blog I won't lose sight of the goal......independent thinking!!!! Now I should stop writing and perhaps go clean off a surface or make some sort of egg something for the kids brains to feed off and supercharge their brains! Onward!