Homework Cry | Science Fest & Robot Zoo | Marathon

April 12, 2018 in #parenting #events | | | Share on Google+


We have an exciting weekend coming up with the Cambridge Science Fest! There are too many fun activities to choose from, but we'll definitely make the Carnival & Robot Zoo Saturday so hope to see you there! :) We've gone really every year and it's always a blast!

So, I made my son cry last night. :(

Apparently my third grader wasn't the only one in his class who has problem remembering to bring home homework, finish it, and actually turn it in. His teacher announced that if kids can remember to turn in homework weekly for the remainder of the term, they'll get a special recess. Apparently that was a good reward, because my son was quick to announce that I now need to sign his homework, "two spots."

While looking over his homework, I noticed he's actually catching some mistakes now by double-checking. "Very nice!" I told him.

I then noticed a reading comprehension question that he only partially answered, and asked him about it. He tried a couple of times to answer. Then started saying, "well this is probably wrong", then "I just don't know."

Stopping myself from saying "It's not that hard", I said instead, "Well, how would you explain it to your sister?"

He tried again, summarizing it better. "Good, just write that down," I said.

He tried, stared into space, and started crying. "I can't remember."

Awww... I put my hand on his shoulder and waited and said gently, "Sometimes when we're stressed, we can't remember. What should we do when stressed?"

"Breathe." We held hands and took a few breaths together. Then he went back and finished his homework.

I told him later that I appreciate that he tried hard to answer the homework question correctly.

What do you do to help your kids through difficult problems?

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