Every Mom experiences that moment where you either want to kill yourself, kid, or the teacher for assigning so much homework. When my son was in Kindergarten, he had more homework than I did in Jr. High School. I thought to myself, “well I’m happy I can help him now” because in a couple of years that stuffs going to get too tough!
Then comes the tantrum. The frustration hits. They simply cannot sit for one more minute. They are 5, let’s get a grip people. But, because I didn’t know better, I just punished him for not doing his work or sadly I would do it for him (YIKES!). Not good parenting!
He soon was used to throwing fits, and me picking up the pieces for him until…I literally couldn’t understand his homework and what he was learning anymore. Curriculum changed since I went to school, and to be quite frank with you, who is going to remember that?! I certainly don’t!
Fast forward 4 years, my son is now 11, almost 12. Thankfully, the school district that we moved to in San Diego doesn’t give homework. Studies have shown that it doesn’t help students improve academically. I do have my debates about that, but it is wonderful for a MOM!
Through the years of homework, projects, and reading with my son and daughter here are some things that have helped me along the way (feel free to purchase any of these using the provided link, cause when you do, I get a few pennies – thank you!):
Reward chart (http://amzn.to/2xJG5xv): I believe in rewards. I love seeing my kids light up after they have accomplished something…like sitting and doing their homework, finishing a project, or reading an entire book.
Young Living GeneYus (http://amzn.to/2wZsinA , available for Prime): over eight different essential oils such as Sacred Frankincense, Blue Cypress, Cedarwood, Melissa, Idaho Blue Spruce, Palo Santo, Myrrh, etc. The combinations of all these oils really help with concentration, supporting the brain, immune system, relaxation, and stress! Diffuse these oils while your child does homework, or roll the oil on the bottom of his feet. It could be the miracle you’ve been waiting for!
Ancheer Mini Rebounder Trampoline (http://amzn.to/2xJ3DT8) – this comes in 2 different colors (red or blue) and seriously makes a big difference in behavior and transmuting bouts of frustration and anger. **want one for two kids? Great for twins! This rebounder fits 2 at a time! Get it à http://amzn.to/2fUq0eW
More Rebounders that work great for older and younger kids:
Pure Fun 40” Mini for ages 13+ (http://amzn.to/2xJ2vyN)
Ancheer Portable Foldable 36” for ages 3+ (http://amzn.to/2xJ2Ilz)
The benefits of rebounding are incredible. I discovered this when my daughter was in Kindergarten. One of the teachers at her school had one, and she loved using it! I could see a difference in behavior after she used it as well.
If you would like to know more about the benefits of rebounding, The Wellness Mama has a great blog post about it, read more here (https://wellnessmama.com/13915/rebounding-benefits/).