Here is an article on a Washington Post blog that I found interesting.
Here's the comment I left to that article:
I think this is good advice and applies well to things I do
in my life. I am a naturally disorganized person and as you say, it is better
to develop tools like these than it is to try to become someone you are not. I
have used tips like these in my life and they have helped me a great deal.
Where I had difficulty in the past, and where I have my questions about how
much this helps, is in the area of children and their homework. As disorganized
as I am, my two homework-proficient children managed to do well, go to college,
and move on with their lives. My one homework-deficient child had difficulties
with the task that really called for homework to be reduced and in some cases
waived, and, as a parent, I lacked that authority to make that decision. I
think this is a major flaw in the homework system. So while I agree strongly
that parents should try the approaches you mention, I think it is also
important for parents to insist on having the right to make the final decision
about what takes place in their home. As you say, ten minutes of snuggling has
a lot of value for a child, and sometimes, you only have that ten minutes by
saying, forget the assignment, let's snuggle. It's hard to do that if an
authority, the teacher, is out there overruling your decision with a negative
Dr. Kenneth Goldberg, is the author of The Homework Trap: How to Save the Sanity of Parents, Teachers, and Students, published by Wyndmoor Press.