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Finding homework spots for the kids — FranklyStein

homeworkHaving the twins in high school precipitated some redecorating in our house last week.

A few years ago, we set up homework spots for the three older kids. Maggie had a desk in the girls’ room. Adam had a desk in my office so I could keep tabs on him, and we set up a table in our room for Lilly because there wasn’t another quite spot in the house.

It worked out pretty well through the middle school years, but not so much this year.

The first night of school, after a field hockey game and a sports meeting at school, Lilly settled in to start her homework at about 9 p.m. at her table in our room. At 10 p.m. Chris and I were laying in bed, ready to turn out the light, wondering when Lilly might be done. Clearly the old system wasn’t going to work any more!

After considering our options, we decided to bunk the beds in the girls room to make room for another desk. I gave my smallish Target desk to Lilly and found a great new-to-me desk on Craigslist. And on one of our many trips to Staples and Office Depot for school supplies, I found a desk chair on clearance to complete my new “home work” space.

So here I am working at my new desk, with the girls doing their homework in bed (neither is actually sitting at her desk). It would be perfect except Adam is still in my office working on his homework. It’s 9 p.m. and I’m trying to get a few more things done before calling it quits for the night but Adam keeps interrupting me. Maybe we need to find a new space for him as well.

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 15, Lilly, 13, Adam, 13, and Jonah, 9.


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