My child wants me to sit with them while he/she does his work. Is this normal? Should I sit with him? I have so much to do!
My son does this daily. We’ve fought about it. I’ve yelled. He’s cried. Hours later, nothing but hurt feelings have been accomplished.
I get so annoyed when my sons ask, “Will you sit with me?” while they do work that can be done independently. I can think of 1000 other things I could be doing around the house. Not only that, but I often wonder if I’m holding them back in the independent department?
My son is 7. He often does his workbook type activities alone. However when it comes to copy work or creative writing, forget it. He BEGS me to sit by him.
Then, one day, I thought, “what will it hurt?” I sat there. And guess what? We had a great talk, he did his work in record time, and I did not regret sitting there at all. In fact, I regret the fact that it had been such a power struggle all the other times.
They will only be little once. Obviously, they need to learn independence. However, if you’re having issues in a couple of areas and the solution is as simple as giving in to see how it goes. Do it. You might be surprised. We also must realize that there will come a day when they will be eager to do these tasks on their own.
Take heart. Take a deep breath. Roll with it, mama!
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