There’s no question that the academic demands on kids – at school and at home – have increased since we were students. Join Meagan and Sarah for an honest, thoughtful conversation about elementary school homework and the continued pressure on our kids into their middle and high school years.
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As usual, we embrace the fact that we don’t have all the answers, and we do our best to stay positive and non-judgmental. We love our schools and our kids’ teachers and we’re honest about our own insecurities as we navigate through the school years. This is such an important conversation and we can’t wait to hear your feedback!
We are thrilled to share our nomination for an Iris Award! Check out the amazing company we’re in as well as a whole bunch of other great online people at theirisawards.com/2016-nominations/
Links we mentioned (or should have) in Episode 45:
- The Homework I Wish My Child Brough Home From School (Sarah’s piece on Scary Mommy)
- Books & articles by Heather Shumaker
- Heather’s books It’s OK Not to Share and her latest It’s OK to Go Up the Slide, which includes more thoughts on homework
- The article we discussed in detail in the show: Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework (Salon.com)
- Why Parents Should Not Make Kids Do Homework (Time.com)
- Here’s why I said no to homework for my elementary-aged kids (TODAY Parenting Community)
- Meagan’s interview with Heather on The Home Hour, Episode 6
- The question of homework: Should kids have it at all? (Lauren Knight for The Washington Post)
- Other episodes of The Mom Hour on school-related topics: Choosing the Right School (Ep16) and The Myth of the “Good” School Mom (Ep21)
- #EditYourLife podcast Episode 10: How To Handle Homework
- Meagan’s interview with teacher and author Erica Ladd in The Home Hour, Episode 49
What’s happening in our homes this week?
In our regular segment at the end of the show Sarah shared the amazing traveling-with-kids hack she learned in Asha Dornfest’s brand new book, Parent Hacks. Find out more about the book at ParentHacks.com/book, or check out the #ParentHacks hashtag on social media for more genius ideas!