As a working parent with 2 children, almost every evening in our house would disintegrate into open war fare as parent and child struggled to complete the allocated tasks with limited energy available, to the considerable stress of both.
As a teacher, the frustration was that despite completion I knew there was little value in the task; no learning had taken place therefore no understanding had been achieved. Thus making the whole painful exercise essentially null and void. Homework, school projects and units tests/exams were simply things that had to be 'survived!'.
My kids are now 'grown-up' and new stresses have taken over from the above(!), however whenever I speak to parents, there are many who seem to be going through similar experiences as we did and feeling equally isolated and alone:
"My child's homework is always incomplete . . . ?"
"The school is complaining that my child is falling behind . . . ?"
"I am a single mum and don't have enough time to give my child in the evenings . . ?"
"My child has ADHD and cannot concentrate on his homework . . . ?"
If you are a parent who needs help and support do please get in touch and add to this discussion. Let's work together to find a collective solution.