Trivium Pursuit

Sit Next to Me, Mom

Dear Laurie,

Is it necessary for my child to do all his schoolwork on his own? I sit on the couch with my 10-year-old son and help him with the introduction to his assignments. For example, with his math lessons, I go through the lesson with him (takes us five minutes), and then I’m off and he continues totally on his own. We do basically the same thing for all of his subjects. Today, I told him that at some time he must begin to do his own “intro” work. Just after I mentioned it to him — he didn’t say anything — big teardrops fell one by one on his papers. How does one do the weaning? Sonja

Your child apparently likes very much having you help him begin. Let him know you love doing the introductory work with him, and continue doing it. He does not want to be left totally on his own, and these minutes of introductory work may be providing a measure of accountability which he feels he needs. Over the next couple of years this will all change, and he won’t need your help — indeed, he may even resent it if you tried. Help him through the transition. I would give my right arm to have a little boy want me to sit next to him and help with schoolwork. Enjoy it while you can.

Laurie

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