Homework is Killing Me

I hate when it’s time for my kids to do homework. I know plenty of parents that feel the same. I feel bad because I was the inflictor of the pain for many years.

So many things have lead to this deep hatred. Where do I begin?

A heavy backpack is the kick in the teeth of the afternoon
A heavy backpack is the kick in the teeth of the afternoon

My kids have the shortest attention span know to man.

This is when the arguments start; no matter how small it is, you would think the world is going to come to an end.

Someone is going to yell at another one and it’s going to escalate to epic proportions.

At least one kid will go on a 20 minute hunt for an eraser.

The erasers are used as play things and building blocks for all the tiny collectible toys
The erasers are used as play things and building blocks for all the tiny collectible toys

I can never find a pencil, no matter how many I buy.

This one of several packs bought, we've gone through one already
This one of several packs bought, we’ve gone through one already

A flea fart will distract them and throw them completely off topic, making homework time go on way longer than it should.

Someone always needs a drink or a snack.

The dog will come around needing something (to eat, go outside or just sit on my lap).

It can take well over an hour, and I can’t do anything else during this time because one or all of them needs me to sit there the entire time.

I constantly repeat myself. I constantly repeat myself.

I end up wanting to tear my hair out.

Someone’s not going to have a clue what that paper is for or what to do with it.

That paper one of the kids was just writing on is going to disappear into thin air and we ALL will have to hunt it down. It will end up in another room, one that we weren’t even in (see haunted house post).

This should be in a back pack and not on the back of the couch
This should be in a back pack and not on the back of the couch

I know that homework is going to be a fact of life for the next ten years and there’s nothing I can do about it. I just hope that as they get older, they will be able to pull themselves together and get it done without the drama.

Please tell me I’m not the only one.

34 thoughts on “Homework is Killing Me

  1. I am right there with you. I am just at the beginning at the whole homework thing. I hated it when I was a kid and I can tell you know I still don’t like it. My son is still pretty good at doing it and I hope that lasts. We do give him a break when he gets home from school for a little while before he starts his work. That seems to help him.

  2. This sounds eerily like my home and kids lol I find they get distracted if there is any noise so I try to keep all technology off until after home work is done. Also they concentrate easier on a full tummy so I make sure they have some healthy snacks to munch on!

  3. You’re definitely not the only one. I only have one daughter that does homework right now. Every Thursday she gets some homework. She can easily get distracted at times too.

  4. Raising 4 kids all born within a year, including triplets that are now all thankfully in college I can truly say been there, done that. Homework time was always hectic and stressful for both my kids and I because our school really piled it on. But with the right supplies and a little bit of organization and discipline we made it through and so can everyone else who has kids in K-12 right now.

  5. Housework and running a blog don’t really go together. I’m afraid mine just gets left until I hate the way it looks and then tackle it all at once.

  6. This post had me LOL, especially the flea fart line. There are some days that my kids are amazing with homework, others, not so much. Hang in there, they will be in college before you know it and will be responsible for their own 😉

  7. I had one daughter and she was pretty easy, but God Bless her, she has three boys and they are making her life a challenge with homework. I have to say, she’s very patient or just immune..lol..I hear screaming and fighting on the phone and she’s like, no mom, they’re fine..haha

  8. You are not alone, lol, although I don’t have that problem anymore. The kids grew up and now have their own kids. I put the mom’s curse on my kids “I hope your kids grow up to act just like you” so now they are dealing with all of the same issues I had during homework time ;). Hang in there.

  9. I think my brother and I made it easy for my parents in the hw department since we both loved school. I need to get my hands on a pack of these sparkle pens ASAP! Hang in there, you’ll make it, even if it seems like 10 years is an eternity.

  10. I know this is not helpful and you probably are looking for someone to say, “been there, done that”, but we have a routine we rarely deviate from that helps in this department. First and formost its snack time. The kids come home and the first thing they want is to eat something. We do this, have a little chat about their day, then we bring out the homework. Now I don’t know your kids ages, but I’m able to successfully sit at the kitchen table with my laptop doing my work but I’m able to answer question for first grader as he needs the help. Usually he’s able to read through the directions on his own and gets right to work but occasionally he’ll stumble across a word he doesn’t know and I can look over and help him with it. Now with multiple kids, I don’t know how that works, but for right now we don’t push it off til after dinner or do it right before bed like I saw one mom doing on facebook, we have a snack, then my kids can’t go out and play, watch TV, play on a device until its done then one chore from the jar. But I totally understand you because it can take some time. Good luck and I hope it gets easier fr you and your family can get into a rhythm.

  11. I despised homework when my kids were growing up. It affects everyone! We did have a routine, but the private school they attended at the time thought nothing of giving them several hours of homework every night. I’m so glad that part of my life is over. 🙂

  12. As a teacher I know first hand how hard it is to get a child to focus on an assignment, so homework can be a huge challenge to parents. My biggest suggestion is to set up a HW space and a consistent routine.

  13. My kiddos come home, have a snack, and then get to their homework. Homework is such a chore though and with 5 kids in school and all having homework I hate it.

  14. I didn’t mind homework and enjoy doing my son’s with him. It is nice to be in the loop to see what he’s learning and how well he’s mastering it. I do wish there were more hours in the day though so that we could do homework and still have time for fun things. Why can’t school be from like e9am – 2pm?!?

  15. Ughhhh my daughter is only 3 and I’m dreading the day she starts coming home with homework!!!! I hated it when I was in school so I’m sure I’m going to double hate it when she starts bringing it home!

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