Wow, parenting! What a challenge today for Moms and Dads with a full range of responsibilities and with the thousands of distractions that we are continually bombarded with almost every hour of the day. Parenting has always been a big league challenge but I sense that it may be bigger today than ever. And for single parents, our hearts go out to you for the challenge. May you have the conviction, courage, and strength to carry on and succeed.
Homework is the biggie here. While some will argue that kids get too much homework today, it is what it is for now and kids need parental leadership to develop the habits and skills needed to do a good job with homework. Many of these are the same skills needed to have a set of strong Executive Functioning Skills that they will use every day for the rest of their lives. Folders for Focusing can make a big difference as a child learns to focus, pay attention, organize, set priorities, initiate action, stay on task, complete the work, and increase working memory. The cost of participation is usually less than one Starbuck’s coffee.
With any more than one child at the kitchen table doing their homework, distractions are common, kicking and calling each other names, or whatever can play havoc on Mom or Dad insisting that they be quiet and do their work.
Put one of our sturdy folders in front of each child, and most often a little miracle happens. Kids get quieter, the whole room seems calmer, and kids actually get to work as long as they know what’s expected. Parents gain some freedom to help those with a question and the frequency of questions from the kids is reduced when one of the white boards is used to list their assignments and priorities.
Regular use of the folders rapidly becomes a habit that helps a lot of kids stay focused and become more productive.