- Setting the timer, telling her calmly that she could work on her homework for 20 minutes, and whatever she didn't finish in that time just had to be left undone;
- Having Daisy help her instead of me;
- Threatening loss of privileges;
Monday, May 10, 2010
Does it seem like Annabelle is more often the topic of my posts lately than any of my other kids? That girl gives me a run for my money, I'll tell you.
So, homework again. Honestly, I am just ready to scream. It's a constant battle with her, this homework thing. I've tried a few different tactics:
Each one works for a while, but when the novelty wears off, we're back to square one. Meaning she dissolves into a puddle of tears and whining and wailing when I tell her it's time to do her homework. I'm just at my wits' end with this! And honestly, although I'm in large part frustrated with her, I can't be too mad at her. She's five! She's in kindergarten! Ack!
But the fact of the matter is, regardless of the fact that I have issues with the whole concept of kindergarten homework, it's a fact of life. I can't change the world or school policy just because I have one kid who hates homework, and I don't see the point of said homework. She has to get used to it because it's going to be a part of her life for many, many years to come.
So she's in the midst of a full-blown tantrum right now because I told her it's time to do her homework. I finally threw my hands up and told her, "Fine, don't do it, then. It's your choice. But YOU can talk to your teacher about it, YOU can tell her that you didn't want to do it."