Living with Children
Q: After a recent talk in South Florida, women came up to me in droves asking,
“How much should I help my children with their schoolwork?”A: That not one man asked the question speaks loudly to the state of parenting in postmodern America. Men don’t ask the question because they know they are not trusted to do BIG parenting stuff like ensure their kids’ academic success.
My answer: “I can’t quantify that for you, but I do know that the more you help your child with his or her schoolwork, the more you will be called upon by said child to help. A child’s belief that he can’t do something is rarely fact-based; it’s usually instilled by well-meaning people, as in, his parents.”
Before drilling deeper into this ubiquitous issue, a few facts are in order: