My two sons don’t really like doing their homework.
All those sentences to write and sums to complete don’t really appeal when there are balls to kick and trampolines to jump on and a garden full of sticks to turn into swords.
They moan and groan and procrastinate to only finally sit down to it when threatened with the ultimate of punishments; no iPad on the weekend.
It’s a nightly ritual that isn’t particularly pleasing for any of us, but we persevere.
What’s making it tricky though is the new realisation that some kids don’t have to go through the torment that they do.
Some kids are out there kicking that ball and bouncing on their own trampoline because some kid’s much nicer and much kinder parents have decided to opt their children out of homework.
So why can’t we mum? Henry’s mum doesn’t make him do it.
It’s tempting isn’t it? No more nagging and threatening, no more pleading and cajoling. Just say no to homework.
Life in Henry’s house must be calmer and quieter than in mine. Life in Henry’s house sounds appealing.
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It’s a route more and more time poor families are taking and one more and more schools are facilitating. If you don’t want your child to do homework, if you don’t agree with it – then don’t.
More schools are adopting the “opt out policy” and more parents are embracing the idea.
Some don’t opt out totally, just partially.