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Not done homework tonight - fed up with it. Advice on what to tell teacher tomorrow?

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KhyberPass Thu 23-May-13 21:33:47

Fed up with it taking over family time and causing tension. DS (nearly nine) is doing brilliantly in school, gives his work 110% (in school), and does his key lessons with the year above and the year above that. So it's not like I'm letting him down when he's struggling; he's doing great.

He likes some homework - the fun, interactive, online stuff - but some of his literacy work takes ages and doesn't always seem of much educational value compared to, say, chilling in front of a really good documentary before bed or playing a strategy game or having a good old chat with family.

And because of my work/DS's clubs, we have one afternoon/evening a week to do it - today. Except this is also our afternoon to chill out, visit friends, have a friend over, do something fun together.

So today I've just thought sod it; I'm not going to nag him to do it and have the ensuing tension sour the rest of the day. He's enjoying some needed downtime.

But I know his teacher makes kids who haven't done homework stay in at playtime and do it then - which seems unnecessarily, unjustifiably punitive to me.

I now feel like I've got to go in and explain why it's not done (we wanted to feel like our downtime was our own for a week), grovel, and ask her not to keep DS in. Groan. Any advice on how to handle this?

ZZZenagain Thu 23-May-13 21:35:08

what homework is it?

ChippingInLovesSpring Thu 23-May-13 21:37:19

Fed up with it taking over family time and causing tension

Tell her that.

stargirl1701 Thu 23-May-13 21:37:29

Eh? Send a note saying that you decided, as the parent, not to do it. It's not compulsory.

500internalerror Thu 23-May-13 21:37:35

I think you're in a losing battle really! But my initial thought was, make 100% sure the teacher knows it was your idea, not the fault of the child.

Fwiw, same situation here - only one day it can be done. Goodness only knows what we will do next year when the volume drastically increases.

OddSockMonster Thu 23-May-13 21:39:15

Can you suggest he does it over the half term instead?

I agree, downtime, enjoying family time is also important, you need a balance.

Floralnomad Thu 23-May-13 21:41:15

Why do you only have one day to do it ,why not do ten minutes on other days so there is less to do in one go . TBH if your son is working up to 2 yrs ahead I can't see that the homework would take very long .

seeker Thu 23-May-13 21:45:14

Why is the only one night it can be done?

I don't belief in primary cool homework- but I also think if it's set, it ought to be done. And I really don't think it's a good Ida to cherry pick an only o the good bits. How long was it supposed to take? I think guidelines ay 20 minutes a day at this age.

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