If you thought homework was horrible the first time around, just wait till you’re stuck doing it with your child. I am quite sure that if Dante had had a third-grader when he was penning The Inferno, he’d have included Homework Projects With Kids as one of his many circles of hell.
So there we were last week: me, my third-grader and his unfinished project on North America. And we had 48 hours to pull it all together. Do you spot the looming catastrophe here? All righty, then. Let’s begin.
It wasn’t like we were starting from scratch. Fletcher had chosen to focus on foods of North America – ironic, given that I’m universally known as the botcher of even box-mix brownies. But Fletcher had insisted that food was his thing, so we’d planned a giant poster-board “menu,” highlighting the variety of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts eaten throughout North America. We’d already sleuthed out the foods; all we had to do was Google some pictures and paste them on the foam-core board.
“Why do I have to do three countries?!” The protest whining began just as soon as we sat down. “Abby’s just doing one country. Why do I have to do three?”
Hmmm. I wondered. Did he have to cover three countries? I reread the homework assignment. According to the project description, which had been sent home no fewer than three times and emailed, the assignment was on “North America.” And one country did not a continent study make.
“I don’t care what your friends are doing. Your assignment says, ‘North America,’ and we’re going to cover North America,” I said, a little sharply.
Suddenly I was sounding remarkably like my mother. Echoes of her – If all your friends jumped off a cliff, would you jump off a cliff too? – reverberated in my brain. Jeez … third-grade homework and the realization that I’d become my mother ? Now I understood why surveys* showed that martini consumption spikes on the weekends before homework projects are due.
(*Data set = Norine and Jessica and their mom friends.)
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