Ok, I’ll admit it: I’m one of those moms who helps my children with their homework by sometimes doing it for them as well. But I don’t do it all the time, because let’s face it, that Common Core math homework is some TOUGH STUFF and I’m usually more stumped on it than my kids are. But I do try to help them whenever I can and if we’re all at our wits end, yes, I’ll give them the answer. I don’t do it all the time, but sometimes we just have to move on and head to bed.
Now, for Lisa Rene LeClair of ScaryMommy, she says that doing your children’s homework is the worst thing a parent can do. Basically she tells us to ‘cut the shit’ and stop doing the work for our kiddos. Here’s what she writes:
It is counterintuitive to support someone by controlling circumstance, because it only makes things worse. Kids are kids; they are going to make mistakes and color outside the lines. They will argue about doing homework and wait until the last possible second before telling you when it’s due, but the bottom line is that it’s their responsibility to get it done right. I understand the desire to help a child succeed, but giving them the answers is not victory—it’s sad.