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Children, College, and Confidence: Maya's Homework 5:32 PM (9 minutes ago) Bunmi Laditan to Hello Maya's teachers, Maya will be drastically reducing the amount of homework she does this year. She's been very stressed and is starting to have physical symptoms such as chest pain and waking up at 4AM worrying about her school workload. She's not behind academically and very much enjoys school. We've consulted with a tutor and a therapist suggested we lighten her workload. Doing 2-3 hours of homework after getting home at 4:30 is leaving little time for her to just be a child and enjoy family time and we'd like to avoid her sinking into a depression over this. Thank you for understanding. warmly, Bunmi vaporwavevocap: ryttu3k: darkwizardjamesmason: dienaziscum: fishcustardandclintbarton: huffingtonpost: Mom declares her daughter is done with homework in viral email. Blogger Bunmi Laditan sent her 10-year-old’s school a clear message. “Hello Maya’s teachers, Maya will be drastically reducing the amount of homework she does this year. She’s been very stressed and is starting to have physical symptoms such as chest pain and waking up at 4 a.m. worrying about her school workload. She’s not behind academically and very much enjoys school. We consulted with a tutor and a therapist suggested we lighten her workload. Doing 2-3 hours of homework after getting home at 4:30 is leaving little time for her to just be a child and enjoy family time and we’d like to avoid her sinking into a depression over this.” A++++ parenting 💜 I’ve talked with a whole cadre of child therapists and psychiatrists about this very issue. There is little conclusive evidence that homework significantly improves elementary school children’s grades, understanding of subjects, or facility with various operations, processes, etc. However, plenty of evidence suggests that ever-increasing amounts of homework for young children lead to stress, anxiety, emotional fatigue, resistance toward academics in general, lack of leisure time to build social/interpersonal skills, and poorer family relations.  (My kids were doing about 3 hours a week IN KINDERGARTEN, at age 5 – so that’s ½ hour every night, after a 6.5 hour school day, or else saving it up for long slogs over the weekend, even more disruptive. And that wasn’t including reading practice!) We have stopped doing homework altogether with my 7 year old as a result of severe anxiety/depression and a learning disability. She had gotten to a place where she had so little self confidence and truly believed that she was stupid and worthless, not just because of homework of course – but every time we tried to sit down to do homework with her, it’d end in tears with her really vehemently berating herself, and no amount of encouragement could ameliorate the damage done. Now, granted, she’s got other things going on besides just an overload of school work. But in NO WAY did the homework help her, either academically or emotionally.  No little kid should have to spend an hour or more each night getting through homework. Now, my deal with Siena is that if she wants to give her homework a shot, I will absolutely help her if she wishes for help, but I no longer force her to complete all of it or to work on it for some set length of time before finally throwing in the towel.  Guess what? With the pressure taken off, she’s actually doing MORE independent work now, purely out of the desire to learn and practice, than she ever was before we’d decided with her therapy team and school that homework was just not a thing this kid could handle. Luckily for my older daughter my school’s 3rd-grade team decided to hand out homework only 3x/week, and the sheets take no more than 15-20 minutes to complete. That is totally reasonable for 8-9 year olds!  Anyway tl;dr just because the school system may require it sure as shit doesn’t mean parents can’t, or shouldn’t, fight it. Do what’s right for your kid, and above all, let them be kids.  I eventually stopped doing homework because I was overwhelmed by it. There was an article just the other day in the local paper about a primary school that’s abolishing homework! You can read it here (autoplay video, gives you a few seconds to stop it). Homework is intrusive in a young child’s life. It makes sense for adults who will likely have to bring work home with them so in college it’s good training. But for young kids. No. Seriously I’m 100% on board with this. There are high school students expected to do three or four hours and beyond worth of homework every day. It’s fucking ridiculous. And I work in elementary school where we literally have little kids develop anxiety disorder and have panic attacks over homework and testing. This shit is not normal.
Children, College, and Confidence: Maya's Homework
 5:32 PM (9 minutes ago)
 Bunmi Laditan
 to
 Hello Maya's teachers,
 Maya will be drastically reducing the amount of homework she does this year. She's been very stressed and is starting to have
 physical symptoms such as chest pain and waking up at 4AM worrying about her school workload.
 She's not behind academically and very much enjoys school. We've consulted with a tutor and a therapist suggested we lighten
 her workload. Doing 2-3 hours of homework after getting home at 4:30 is leaving little time for her to just be a child and enjoy
 family time and we'd like to avoid her sinking into a depression over this.
 Thank you for understanding.
 warmly, Bunmi
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Mom declares her daughter is done with homework in viral email.
Blogger Bunmi Laditan sent her 10-year-old’s school a clear message.
“Hello Maya’s teachers,
Maya will be drastically reducing the amount of homework she does this year. She’s been very stressed and is starting to have physical symptoms such as chest pain and waking up at 4 a.m. worrying about her school workload. 
She’s not behind academically and very much enjoys school. We consulted with a tutor and a therapist suggested we lighten her workload. Doing 2-3 hours of homework after getting home at 4:30 is leaving little time for her to just be a child and enjoy family time and we’d like to avoid her sinking into a depression over this.”


A++++ parenting 💜

I’ve talked with a whole cadre of child therapists and psychiatrists about this very issue. There is little conclusive evidence that homework significantly improves elementary school children’s grades, understanding of subjects, or facility with various operations, processes, etc. However, plenty of evidence suggests that ever-increasing amounts of homework for young children lead to stress, anxiety, emotional fatigue, resistance toward academics in general, lack of leisure time to build social/interpersonal skills, and poorer family relations.  (My kids were doing about 3 hours a week IN KINDERGARTEN, at age 5 – so that’s ½ hour every night, after a 6.5 hour school day, or else saving it up for long slogs over the weekend, even more disruptive. And that wasn’t including reading practice!) 


We have stopped doing homework altogether with my 7 year old as a result of severe anxiety/depression and a learning disability. She had gotten to a place where she had so little self confidence and truly believed that she was stupid and worthless, not just because of homework of course – but every time we tried to sit down to do homework with her, it’d end in tears with her really vehemently berating herself, and no amount of encouragement could ameliorate the damage done. Now, granted, she’s got other things going on besides just an overload of school work. But in NO WAY did the homework help her, either academically or emotionally. 
No little kid should have to spend an hour or more each night getting through homework. Now, my deal with Siena is that if she wants to give her homework a shot, I will absolutely help her if she wishes for help, but I no longer force her to complete all of it or to work on it for some set length of time before finally throwing in the towel. 
Guess what? With the pressure taken off, she’s actually doing MORE independent work now, purely out of the desire to learn and practice, than she ever was before we’d decided with her therapy team and school that homework was just not a thing this kid could handle.
Luckily for my older daughter my school’s 3rd-grade team decided to hand out homework only 3x/week, and the sheets take no more than 15-20 minutes to complete. That is totally reasonable for 8-9 year olds! 
Anyway tl;dr just because the school system may require it sure as shit doesn’t mean parents can’t, or shouldn’t, fight it. Do what’s right for your kid, and above all, let them be kids. 

I eventually stopped doing homework because I was overwhelmed by it.

There was an article just the other day in the local paper about a primary school that’s abolishing homework! You can read it here (autoplay video, gives you a few seconds to stop it).


Homework is intrusive in a young child’s life. It makes sense for adults who will likely have to bring work home with them so in college it’s good training. But for young kids. No.

Seriously I’m 100% on board with this. There are high school students expected to do three or four hours and beyond worth of homework every day. It’s fucking ridiculous. And I work in elementary school where we literally have little kids develop anxiety disorder and have panic attacks over homework and testing. This shit is not normal.

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Beard, Click, and Confidence: emotion & body language
 body language:
 emotion
 Shiiting,1idgeting,grinning,L1Cking 11PS
 anticipation rubbing hands together
 slack-jawed, fixed gaze, unable to move
 awe
 clapping hands, shaking with laughter
 amusement
 slapping thighs, throwing head back
 biting smile back
 furrowed/lowered brow, flushed face, pointing
 ander
 or table, clenched fist/jaw, baring teeth
 throbbing veins in neck, scowling
 glaring, eye rolling, pressed lips, sighing
 annoyance
 fidgeting, sweating, playing with jewelry
 quickened breath, dry mouth/swallowing
 anxiety
 biting nails, stuttering, biting lip
 yawning, fridgeting, doodling, tapping feet
 boredom
 or shaking leg, playing with pen/pencil/hair
 lifted chin, head high, puffed chest, back
 straight, shoulders back, deliberate movement
 confidence
 tilted head, furrowed brow, shrugging,
 squinting
 confusion
 lifted chin, smirk, sneer, purse lips
 contempt

 emotion & body language
 body language:
 emotion
 twisted lips, twisted smile, half smile,
 shaking head, rolling eyes
 cynical
 one shoulder shrug, playing with hair/ring
 necklace/earring/earlobe, scratching face/
 nose/neck, shuffling, fidgeting, looking down
 deceptive
 hesitation in speech, nodding while saying no
 shaking head while saving ves, licking lips
 covering/touching mouth
 crossed arms, hands hidden, keeping object
 or person between self and percieved threat
 defensive
 winking, touching hair or clothing, eye
 contact, looking up through lashes, arching
 des1ire
 dilated pupils, stretching
 wide-eyed (shocked), narrow-eyed (suspicious)
 raised brows (shocked),low brow (suspicious),
 crinkled nose, curled lip, turning away
 clenched eyes, covering mouth/nose, flinch
 disqust
 frown, creased brows, crossed arms, pressed
 lips, narrowed eyes
 displeasure
 fidgeting, rubbing/scratching neck, wide-eyed
 distress
 plaving with iewelry, rapid-breathing, fixing
 sleeves, holding self, trembling
 blush, stuttering, stammering, unable to
 embarrassment make eye contact, covering face, holding self,
 blinking back tears, looking down or at lights
 rubbing eyes/temples, yawning, staring off
 slouching, closing eyes, moving slow
 fatique

 emotion & body language
 body language:
 emotion
 shrinking back, wide-eyed, hunched shoulders,
 flinching, shaking/trembling, holding self
 fear
 shaking head, pinching bridge of nose
 frustrationrubing temples, clenching hands
 grinding/clenching teeth
 shaking with sobs, staring off, trembling,
 shuddered breaths, gasping sobs, curling
 in on self, lashing out/hitting things
 grief
 smile, laugh, hum, whistle, dancing, jumping
 hugging, giggling, crinkled eyes
 happiness
 eye contact, open posture, smiling, looking
 honesty
 upwards
 tapping feet, shaking leg, taping fingers
 impatience twirling pen, nodding quickly, checking time
 sighing, looking away
 crossed arms, sneer, narrowed eyes, sour
 expression, tight 1ips
 jealousy
 hands clenched or gripping something
 overwhelmed wide-eyed, missing time/conversations, palms
 to forehead, staring off
 talking fast, leaning forward, nodding,
 raised brows, wide-eyed, eager, double handed
 passionate
 handshake
 smiling, nudging, teasing, poking, winking
 goading, giggling, laughing
 playful

 emotion & body language
 body language:
 emotion
 head back, parted 1ips, eyes wide or closed,
 flushing, quick breath/pulse, arch neck/back
 pleasure
 chin up, back straight, shoulders back, chest
 out, firm handshake, open/spread posture
 pride
 biting lip, pressed lips, crossed arms
 dragging feet, pinching bridge of nose
 reluctance
 slouched posture, holding self, hesitant,
 sadness
 quivering, crying, sobbing, shaking,
 tremblling
 tight smile, hiding hands in pockets/crossed
 arms, looking down/away, covering face
 secretiveness
 bury face in hands, looking down/away
 slumped posture, pressed lips, straight
 mouth, wet eyes
 shame
 eyebrows raised, mouth open, gasp, hands
 over mouth, freezing, stepping back/away
 shock
 dropping objects in hand (s)
 avoiding eye contact, looking away/down
 blushing, bending head, keeping distance
 shyness
 stepping away, holding self
 smirk, one raised eyebrow, corners of mouth
 twitch upwards
 smugnesS
 narrowed eyes, furrowed/creased brow, frown
 tight lips, pressed lips, glance sideways
 watchful agaze
 closed eyes, staring off, stroking/touching
 thoughtfullness neck or jewelry, pinching bridge of nose
 stroke face/beard, rest chin on hand
theonlysaylor:
A Writing Cheat Sheet: for linking actions with emotions. 
As always, click for HD.

theonlysaylor: A Writing Cheat Sheet: for linking actions with emotions.  As always, click for HD.

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Amazon, Beautiful, and Family: Here's a special pupdate from our favorite furry family! We're so happy to share that Mama Leah's pups are officially 1-month-old and we're celebrating the milestone with these incredible photos by @AdoptableDogsofNYC! ❤️ Even though they're not quite ready for adoption yet, these little pups can now open their beautiful eyes and are starting to show each of their personalities! Their dedicated foster parents, Ashia & Mike, are having so much fun learning about which pup is sassier or calmer and who loves those extra cuddles. Leah has also been such a wonderful mama to her pups and, day by day, she's getting more and more independent and ready to see her little ones off to their forever homes soon! Ashia & Mike have been such awesome and loving foster parents — when they began their unbelievable foster journey, the support from our MuddyPawsPack completely floored them and they were almost overwhelmed by the number of @Amazon supplies sent by our generous donors. They really thought someone was pranking them! 😆 But a month later, they're even more shocked to find that they've gone through SO MANY supplies for these lovable pups and Mama Leah! We can't wait to see how Mama Leah and her pups continue to grow...💖 👉 If you would like to give your love to Mama Leah & her pups, you can send a gift at bit.ly-MPRLeahAndPups (link also in bio). . . . FosteringSavesLives AdoptDontShop RescuedIsMyFavoriteBreed FosterDogs Fostering FosterADog JoinThePack DogsofNYC Hero RescueCommunity Volunteer GiveBack ItTakesAPack NotAllHeroesWearCapes Foster FosterLife RescueDogs PuppyFoster
Amazon, Beautiful, and Family: Here's a special pupdate from our favorite furry family! We're so happy to share that Mama Leah's pups are officially 1-month-old and we're celebrating the milestone with these incredible photos by @AdoptableDogsofNYC! ❤️ Even though they're not quite ready for adoption yet, these little pups can now open their beautiful eyes and are starting to show each of their personalities! Their dedicated foster parents, Ashia & Mike, are having so much fun learning about which pup is sassier or calmer and who loves those extra cuddles. Leah has also been such a wonderful mama to her pups and, day by day, she's getting more and more independent and ready to see her little ones off to their forever homes soon! Ashia & Mike have been such awesome and loving foster parents — when they began their unbelievable foster journey, the support from our MuddyPawsPack completely floored them and they were almost overwhelmed by the number of @Amazon supplies sent by our generous donors. They really thought someone was pranking them! 😆 But a month later, they're even more shocked to find that they've gone through SO MANY supplies for these lovable pups and Mama Leah! We can't wait to see how Mama Leah and her pups continue to grow...💖 👉 If you would like to give your love to Mama Leah & her pups, you can send a gift at bit.ly-MPRLeahAndPups (link also in bio). . . . FosteringSavesLives AdoptDontShop RescuedIsMyFavoriteBreed FosterDogs Fostering FosterADog JoinThePack DogsofNYC Hero RescueCommunity Volunteer GiveBack ItTakesAPack NotAllHeroesWearCapes Foster FosterLife RescueDogs PuppyFoster

Here's a special pupdate from our favorite furry family! We're so happy to share that Mama Leah's pups are officially 1-month-old and we're ...

Anaconda, Food, and Homeless: 4G7:17 What is the most money you have seen someone spend at McDonald's? Elysia Marie, Staff Researcher R Updated Nov 8 Upvoted by Benedict Hales, former Crew at McDonald's I worked at McDonald's for a few years and I remember getting a call for 100 McDoubles (1$ each), 100 small fries (1$ each) and 50 McChickens (1$ each). The whole order after tax came out to around 300$. My manager believed it was a prank call and told them that they would have to come in and pay before any food was made and it would take an hour to make since we were in the middle of a lunch rush Fifteen minutes later two guys show up You and Sanjay Vijaykumar upvoted this 47:17 y manager tax came out to aroun believed it was a prank call and told them that they would have to come in and pay before any food was made and it would take an hour to make since we were in the middle of a lunch rush Fifteen minutes later two guys show up claiming that they want to pay for the order and that they would come back to pick it up. Needless to say, the grill people were overwhelmed but were able to bust out all the sandwiches with help from other crew members. After they came back, a co-worker had to ask them what this all was for. The guys claimed that they were going to pass them out to homeless people around downtown San Diego. I was moved and have not forgotten about it since. 23.1k Views View Upvoters View Sharers You and Sanjay Vijaykumar upvoted this This really took some turn
Anaconda, Food, and Homeless: 4G7:17
 What is the most money you
 have seen someone spend at
 McDonald's?
 Elysia Marie, Staff Researcher
 R
 Updated Nov 8 Upvoted by Benedict Hales,
 former Crew at McDonald's
 I worked at McDonald's for a few years and I
 remember getting a call for 100 McDoubles
 (1$ each), 100 small fries (1$ each) and 50
 McChickens (1$ each). The whole order after
 tax came out to around 300$. My manager
 believed it was a prank call and told them
 that they would have to come in and pay
 before any food was made and it would take
 an hour to make since we were in the middle
 of a lunch rush
 Fifteen minutes later two guys show up
 You and Sanjay Vijaykumar upvoted this
 47:17
 y manager
 tax came out to aroun
 believed it was a prank call and told them
 that they would have to come in and pay
 before any food was made and it would take
 an hour to make since we were in the middle
 of a lunch rush
 Fifteen minutes later two guys show up
 claiming that they want to pay for the order
 and that they would come back to pick it up.
 Needless to say, the grill people were
 overwhelmed but were able to bust out all the
 sandwiches with help from other crew
 members. After they came back, a co-worker
 had to ask them what this all was for. The
 guys claimed that they were going to pass
 them out to homeless people around
 downtown San Diego. I was moved and have
 not forgotten about it since.
 23.1k Views View Upvoters View Sharers
 You and Sanjay Vijaykumar upvoted this
This really took some turn

This really took some turn