3 thoughts on “Help With Homework Without Crossing The Line

  • November 19, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    at my junior high there was this “bridge project” where we all had to build bridges out of Popsicle sticks…and every year some kids came in with bridges that were OBVIOUSLY built by someone other than themselves.

    My parents were hopeless at that sort of thing…so I guess I was “lucky”? I don’t think I did well at ALL on that assignment…

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    • November 22, 2010 at 10:20 am

      My girls are in that project stage. I know I’ve seen a few things that were on a different level, and heard the reports about something that really topped the rest. I’m optimistic our teachers properly handle anything that really crosses the line – *and* avoid judging other kids’ work against that standard. But yeah, some kids will compare their work to that and not understand how much parental involvement might have played a part.

      Hard to prevent, but easy to see! No matter what my kids’ stuff looks like, we know it’s all them and they like it that way 🙂

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  • November 22, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Kids do need to learn consequences to not doing their homework, but it’s certainly understandable when a parent wants to help. It’s important to differentiate between helping a child avoid consequences to having just blown off her/his assignment (not a good idea), and helping a child who has a tough time with a subject or maybe isn’t good at spelling (i.e. the typos in the report example).

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