Thursday last week, Leah was doing an excessive amount of moaning and groaning about a particular homework assignment. All week they had been working on a compare & contrast paper – I’d had to proofread it at least twice. Now she was working on the final copy, and because she did not know how to type (insert blame to mom for not making sure she learned in homeschool – her classmates learned last year!) she was having to write it all out in cursive, no less.
After an hour or so of moan…write…groan…write….she told us that it wasn’t due until Monday.
Friday afternoon she decided that she would rather type it – it might be slow but “probably more fun”. Then we decided to go on a family bike ride, and she was SO. HORRIFIED. – “So, you are not going to let me do my homework?!” My oh-so-calm response was, “It’s not due until MONDAY. It is FRIDAY. I don’t want to hear another word!”
She finished it Saturday morning.
And left it at home this morning. I had put it on top of her school folder and backpack, but I think she was a teensy bit distracted by dressing up as Sam Sparks from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs for Movie Character Monday at school (part of Homecoming week.)
I did what any good 21st century helicopter mom would do, and I emailed the paper to her teacher.
And now I’m debating whether or not that was good. If she hadn’t typed it, I would not have driven the written copy to school. But it was just so easy to email it!
However, as the teacher responded: “A little panic is good sometimes as it makes us a more responsible, conscientious student.”
Personally, as the teacher I would have waited for a little of that panic to set in before letting her off the hook and telling her that it had been emailed, and I gave the teacher permission to do so! How would you have handled the situation? (Let’s keep in mind that Leah has already had a lot of “panic” moments regarding homework, but nothing to this degree.)
UPDATE: Apparently the copy of her paper that she left at home was the pre-margin adjustment copy! She had the correct copy in her folder to turn in at school. I underestimated my girl.