Here's my question. When is it appropriate to do your child's homework?
My son is in kindergarten and I make him do all his own stuff. Then I volunteer at the school and I see the other kids' projects and over half of them are clearly not done by the child. And the mothers openly admit that they did the whole thing. One mother said something like "he did help me a little with it."
To me that seems nuts but maybe it's OK or even better to help them along. I just don't know.
Part of me is just lazy but the bigger part doesn't want to do the special projects for my 5 year old because I think it's seriously ridiculous. My mother didn't help me with anything. I'm not kidding. I can't remember her helping with any school project. She admits it today. She barely even went to the school. We went to school and came home and the only things she looked at were our report cards. She did tell me that with my youngest brother she got more involved because he needed more help but with me there was nothing really to do. I did it all myself.
I was standing in the classroom today looking at these projects that were clearly done by an adult and I wondered how these moms could think that is a good thing to do. How are they helping their children get ahead in kindergarten by making the best "stuffed bear?"
It's not a big deal now but what am I going to do when they're graded on their projects? Am I going to settle for my son getting a C or B on a project that he did totally himself when his peers are getting an A on something that was a parent-child collaboration (probably more parent than child)?
I'm not sure if I can stand aside and not help in that situation.