Before I had my daughter Lily, who is now ten years old, I remember a friend saying. “yep, we have a project due in our house!” She would go on to say that she had to help her boys with their school projects all of the time, so much so that she felt like they ended up being HER school projects. As a woman with no children at the time, I thought…”Oh hails to the N-O, I already paid my dues, I am NOT doing my kid’s school projects for them.
So when my daughter started having to do school projects, I promised my control freak self that I would NOT do that. I would not hyper-manage. I would let her do the project just like I had to do MY school projects on my own. Look, I am allllll about answering questions and even guiding them in the right direction but for me, I kinda feel what is the point in doing it FOR them? How will they learn to do things on their own if I do it for them? I don’t care if they don’t look as perfect as every other kids, I want them to ber HERS!
When my daughter came home from school last month and told me she had to pick a figure during the Revolutionary War to do her social studies project on, she chose Betsey Ross. Aside from waiting until the week before her project was due, I was pretty impressed with what she did. The class was given six different ideas of how to present their project and one of the ideas was a Facebook page for the figure they were showcasing. As someone who spends a great deal on social media because of my job, I was particularly fond of this idea! I showed her my Facebook page and she went off that and created her project. The only thing I did was buy her a 50 cents poster board at Dollar General. 🙂
Oh and they were able to dress like their historical figure as well so she picked out an old dress she had, took one of my old scarves and even took one of my Walmart shower caps, turned it inside out and bam, she had a white bonnet. Oh wait, I did order her a cheapy Betsey Ross flag on Amazon with my points. So make that two things I did to help!
She submitted her project yesterday and she said it went awesome! She had just gotten her haircut the day before and I think it gave her a little boost of confidence to present in front of the class. The little things in life right?! She was creative, she did it on her own AND I think it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself but I know, I’m a little biased. 😉
How do you feel about your kid’s school projects? Do you help a little? Alot? Do it all? What about when you were a kid? Would love for you to share below!
XO Surviving Mommy