Homework Without Tears

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” We had both forgotten about her reading homework, which is basically her reading a fourth grade level book of her choice for 30 minutes. She said that the chapter books she has to read are boring.

If you knew what was really going on, you would have known that earlier that day, my daughter took a difficult science test and had a fight with her sister, so you would have known that the full-blown meltdown she had about reading wasn’t When the 15 minute timer went off, I walked into her room and found her quietly playing Minecraft on her i Pad – in an entirely different demeanor than from the last time I saw her. Yes, she got to have 15 minutes of screen time before she completed her homework, but what that 15 minutes was actually doing was teaching her that she needs to take a break when her powerful emotions become so heightened that she can’t get anything productive done.

She is learning to remove herself from stressful situations, to take a breath and then once she is calm and her head is clear, to return to the situation and tackle it.

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Not only does homework support what your child is learning about at school, it also gives you a chance to become involved in that learning process.

You won’t have to nag them to do their homework if this is implemented on a day-to-day basis.

Clearly state that you expect the homework to be completed on a daily basis.They will actually deal with their academic activities more regularly if something which they like is attached to it!For instance, they can see their favorite cartoons only after being done with homework for the day.I felt like I was being more than fair, yet she still wasn’t happy about my plan. I thought about it some more and knowing what I know about my child, I made up my mind. I know that to outsiders, it would have looked like my big kid threw a temper tantrum all because she didn’t want to read.I know that it looked like I gave in and gave my child exactly what she wanted – to go on her i Pad. If you knew what was really going on, you would have known that my daughter has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and struggles greatly with emotional regulation.It’s filled with fidgets, calm down jars, squishies, musical instruments, and interactive books.At this point in my daughter’s meltdown however, she was at the peak of her emotional rollercoaster and there was nothing in that calm down area that could have helped her.While we embrace technology in our classroom, we know this essential skill is crucial for the next generation’s growth and success.This content was uploaded by our users and we assume good faith they have the permission to share this book.She worked herself up so much, she even got a bloody nose.I tried to remain as calm and collected as I could, to be the calm in my daughter’s storm.


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