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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

THIS MOM'S RE-EVALUATED THOUGHTS ABOUT HOMEWORK


If you were a reader of March to December, you will know my stance on homework. If you were not, you can find the most popular posts from March to December here on Simply La'Shawn. More specifically you can read what I thought about homework.

To sum it up for those who don't know or don't feel like reading another article. I didn't believe in homework. Not one jot. I didn't believe in it when I was a kid. In fact so much so that I nearly failed the 6th grade, and had to go around daily to get teachers to sign off on a homework ledger. Adult La'Shawn didn't believe in it either. I made my son do it. After all, we all have to do things we don't like to do. I didn't push and pressure him though. My thoughts were that what good is 1hr of school work after sitting still all day and learning going to help? In fact, this was my exact thought on it...


I can only speak for myself and my son. That being said, homework does not help him (or me when I was a child) learn or retain anything I learned. That is outside just writing over and over helps him with his penmanship. The whole "practice makes perfect" line just does not apply. Homework isn't doing the same thing day in and day out. It is different tasks everyday. Coming home and doing an hours worth of work with a parent who isn't a teacher isn't going to be practice. Only a practice in futility.

 Alright folks. Are you ready to watch me eat a slice of humble pie? Like most everyone, I don't enjoy admitting I am wrong. I absolutely will do it though. Nothing is really gained by being stubborn and not doing so. So here we go...

I WAS WRONG!

Not long after I wrote that article about, This Mom's Thoughts on Homework I had the yearly parent-teacher conference. A parent-teacher conference that I left in tears. Sobbing tears. Not to drag my son's business out on the internet for the world to see now and in the future, but he was struggling. And I was failing as a parent.

I am supposed to be here to help him along, not hinder him. I especially didn't need to imprint my crappy attitude about homework on to him. As his parent, I should have been more focused on what he needed, than what I thought. With that in mind, I shook off the disappointment and re-focused on him. My husband, the kiddo's teachers, and myself got together and came up with a plan. Want to know what that plan was?

More Homework

That's right folks. More homework. On top of his daily homework (Sun-Thurs) he has practice homework in nearly every subject. He has fun online games he can play (homework in disguise. lol) He has twice-a-week tutoring (pre-homework). We went from doing daily homework begrudgingly to homework pouring out our ears while we do it with a smile on our face.

Do I like homework now? No. Do I wish there was some other way? Yes! Have I changed my opinion on homework? Absolutely.

Each kid is different; and each kid's homework need is different. As my MeeMaw says, "If we were all the same, what a boring world this would be!" My son just so happens to be one that not only benefits from homework, but needs it. Needs lots of it. Other kids might not need it or benefit from it. It could very easily be only a practice in futility. That being said, this mom's narrow-minded opinion on homework has changed. Just so happens I needed God kicking my rear to make me do it. Nothing like failing your own child to open one's eyes! 

...and just for the record....The kiddo has excelled since all this extra homework. All his grades have come up to where we knew he should have been. While I am stating things for the record, let me take another slice of that humble pie. My son enjoys the extra work. He knows it is helping him; and he is proud of every milestone he makes because of it. Maybe I should take a page from his book and be a bit more open to things. 

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest and for reading it. Have you ever had your mind changed from something you were staunchly against/for? What are your thoughts on homework?

Monday, March 6, 2017

A Bit More About Me



Finally finishing up the blog posts about getting to know the author (can I call myself that? I guess so) behind this blog. Simply La'Shawn. Two weeks ago I gave you a tiny glimpse into my past up to 20 years old. Basically a lot of who I am today is thanks to the amazing people that I have in my life. True story!

That being said. I bet if you would ask anyone who has known me for a bit today to name one thing about La'Shawn. They would tell you that I love panda bears! I really do. I am not sure where this love came from. I just know that I have for as long as I can remember. I love that Christmas does not go by without getting at least one thing to do with pandas. I love that people post adorable things on my FB about pandas. I cried the first time I saw them in the Atlanta Zoo. I also cried the 2nd and 3rd time. I really did!

Which brings me to another thing. I am a crier. It is actually kind of embarrassing. There is never a week that goes by that I haven't cried over something. Usually it is at least an every other day kind of thing. I cry when I am mad, sad, happy, tired, sick, and so on. Give me a good book, tv show, movie, or heck a good commercial. Here comes the tears. My son watches me during certain things to see if I am going to cry. It is embarrassing when I am crying over things like America's Got Talent. Outside that, I don't so much mind that I am a crier.

I am also a bit on the nerdy side. I love all things Harry Potter. I have read the books more times than I can count. I watch the movies all the time. I am also a proud 33 year old women who wears my HP shirts out and about. I also love Doctor Who. Not to the same extent as HP though.

I love the color yellow. It makes me happy to see it or to wear it. I love that my 9 year old son still picks me yellow weed flowers. If he sees them, they are mine! By the end of spring I have these picked-with-love flowers all over the place. He knows his momma loves the color yellow!


Those are just a few things that scream La'Shawn. I thought it would be fun to do a little questionnaire to round up the getting to know me post. I read THIS post over at Carrots & Cake and thought It would be fun to do. Here ya go:



  1. I’m happiest when I am spending time with family

  2. ”¦ especially if it involves going on hikes

  3. I’ve always wanted to visit England!

  4. My family and I are major homebodys!

  5. I was a terrible girlfriend. I don't know how Jerr stuck it out. 

  6. My first job was a cashier at Goody's 

  7. I could probably eat donuts every day. If I am not careful I will!

  8. I stole ink pens from sign ins. I am bad bad bad about that! I swear it isn't intentional. 

  9. I was born on the same day as Dr. Phil and Gloria Estefan 

  10. My all-time favorite film is The Holiday. I want that house in the English countryside surrounded by snow! 

  11. I do a pretty mean British Accent. (catch a theme here?) I watch way too much British tv. To the point I don't notice the accents at all. People who have legit accents would probably laugh at mine. Jerr likes it though. :-P

  12. I’m still mad I never finished college. Probably my all time #1 regret in life. 

  13. I met my husband at our mutual job of Office Depot 

  14. I always knew I would be a mom. I did think I would have lots of kids though...I have just the one. 

  15. I’m not afraid to show my emotions. I probably should work more on not showing them as much!

  16. I make digital scrapbooking layouts

  17. I have almost no dancing skills. Serioulsy. It is comical. 

  18. I always cry when...the wind blows? ha ha. I cry all the time. At least every other day. The guys poke fun at me about it. Happy, sad, mad, sick, tired, annoyed, PMS...doesn't matter. Cry! 

  19. I’m a UGA college football fan. My hubby taught me the ins-and-outs when we were dating. I was hooked. I plan my Saturday's in the fall around it. 

  20. I spent 8 months pregnant. Yup. They had to take the kiddo a month early. I had preclamsia. 

  21. I wish the weekend had 3 days and my work day started at 10am. I hate mornings! 

  22. At 5, I was gosh, I don't know. I don't remember much from that young. 

  23. I believe if everyone practiced seeing the good in things, it would be come habit, and the world would be a happier place. 

  24. I can’t stand when people snore. #1 pet peeve....and guess what...my husband can bring down the rafters with his snoring!! 

  25. Whenever Bones is on, I’ll watch it.
There you go. Getting to know the person behind the blog. I hope you enjoyed it. I would also love to see your answers to these questions. Blog it and link me up! Or just answer in the comments. I couldn't leave today's post though without showing off my man. We will be married 10 years this coming Friday. TEN YEARS!! I love you babe!