Not helping with homework is like the Hokey Pokey.
You put your right hand in (because regrouping in subtraction is hard).
You take your right hand out (because you’re not supposed to be helping).
You put your right hand in (because regrouping in subtraction when there are double or triple zeros is really hard) and you shake it all about your head and remember you’re not supposed to be helping.
You do the Homework Hokey Pokey and you
turn yourself around walk away from the homework.
That’s what it’s all about.
Guiding but hot helping, advising but not fixing, and directing but not leading is a lot easier said than done. But at least there’s dancing.
My essay, “Confessions of a Former Homework Helper” has been syndicated on Sammiches & Psych Meds today. If you haven’t read it yet or you know a Mama who would benefit from my embarrassing (but liberating!) admission of homework helping guilt, please feel free to share this link: http://www.sammichespsychmeds.com/confessions-of-a-former-homework-rescue-mama/
Have you tried stepping back from your child’s homework? Have you stepped back in? Do you like the Hokey Pokey or does it give your horrid flashbacks of roller skating birthday parties from the 1980s? Tell me about it here or on my Runaway Mama Facebook page.
As always, thanks for reading!