I have a very good question. When should I stop checking my child’s homework? My oldest gets so upset when we ask her to double check her work. It’s like she’s being asked to do the impossible because doing it once is all she ever needs to do. She has to think that she’s never wrong. How could she ever be wrong? She’s a whopping 10 years old and has to be right about everything.
We noticed how many little silly mistakes she makes on a regular basis. If she just took a moment to scan her work, she just may catch them bringing her grade up a little more. Just sacrifice 30 – 60 seconds of running to the family room to watch a silly show on Disney XD or doodling in her drawing book for the evening. That’s all. She does get good grades but when we catch the silly mistakes we can’t help but get annoyed. Just check your homework!!!!!
I make mistakes. We all make mistakes! Don’t we?
Currently we have decided to let her do her homework and let us know if she needs help or has questions. We do check most of it while she’s not looking. I feel like we are the crutch she falls back on expecting us to find and correct her mistakes. No more, honey. No more.
I took to my e-village, Facebook, and asked this very same question and found a varying amount of feedback. Real friends and e-friends from all educational backgrounds and geographical locations with children of different ages weighed in providing interesting feedback.
One mom says her child’s teacher requires parents to sign their work each night. However she allows her son to make mistakes so the teacher knows where help is needed. My only concern for that is with such a full schedule and a class filled with other children, do teachers actually take the time to help children individually?
Another mom of a high school student says it depends on your child. While I do know that my daughter completes her homework each night and is actually fearful of not having an assignment done. I believe playground is taken away if assignments aren’t complete and God forbid she cannot socialize with her friends.
3 Signs you need to keep helping with homework
1. When you find hidden assignments tucked away in their notebook
2.When your kid lies about not having tests 4 weeks in a row
3.When silly mistakes riddle the page repeatedly
In summary, I still check my 2nd graders homework who has mastered the art of procrastination when it comes to pulling his work out of his book bag. I’m working with him in cleaning up his handwriting a well. He is sharp as a tack, but no way will he enter into 3rd grade writing like a chicken. As for my daughter, we will continue to scan her work in secret because I would really like to make sure she is eligible for accelerated classes in middle school and beyond. I need her to continue to develop healthy study habits which will take her well into higher education.
Leave a comment below and let me know if you still check your child’s homework. Why or why not?
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