One of the most intense changes to a family routine comes when a child starts kindergarten and homework begins.
There is an adjustment period for most parents and children to figure out how to balance this new task with the other life demands.
I have actually started to look forward to doing homework with our daughter because it can be a truly funny episode.
I mean, really, really, really funny.
It’s funny if you know how to laugh at yourself and it’s funny because the child’s answers to his or her homework can give us parents another glimpse into a growing mind’s perspective.
One of the first times we experienced humor when reviewing our daughter’s homework answers happened when she was asked to draw a picture of the word “CAP”.
I wrote about that HERE.
To our child’s knowledge, the thing that goes on a person’s head was only ever called a “hat”.
The thing Mommy always told Daddy to stop losing in the food disposal was called a “cap”.
Our daughter had another telling homework assignment when she was learning about how nouns are persons, places or things. She was asked to illustrate a few.
Can you tell where Mommy likes to go with the kids?
But, my favorite piece of homework just came home.
We have been laughing for days over this homework.
I pinned this baby to the refrigerator, even.
Take a look at this assignment which innocuously asks our 5-year old daughter to draw some more persons, places or things.
Can you spot the funny part?
I didn’t, either, at first.
I DID think it was cute that our daughter put “Laredo” as a place and then drew a picture of the Texas flag.
And, I also noticed she had drawn a stick figure of her brother playing with a truck on the floor which I thought was adorable.
So, I asked her about it….
“Oh! You drew your brother playing with his monster trucks!”
“YEAH!” she said. “He’s always playing with those!”
But, she went on to explain the rest of the images.
“AND YOU, MOM! YOU ARE ALWAYS COOKING! SO, I DREW YOU WITH AN APRON!!!”
I had totally missed that when I looked at the”Mom” picture she had drawn.
But, I could see it now.
And, finally, the “Dad” picture description came….
“AND, DAD??!! DAD LOVES TO REST!!! HE LOVES TO REST SO I DREW A GIGANTIC PILLOW UNDER HIS HEAD!!!! SEE????”
Shall we take a closer look at that kinder masterpiece?
If you missed the pictorial details, here is a little photo analysis for you:
My husband and I have been collectively guffawing over this picture since she explained it to us.
And, in defense of my hubby, he does work pretty hard in his day job.
When he gets home, it is not odd for him to want to kick back in the recliner and relax for a little bit, which is what I think inspired this hilarious photo.
He really doesn’t rest ALL of the time.
He is actually the primary homework-monitor/helper.
This makes this little homework gem deliciously ironic.
I mean, this picture is simply delicious.
So, that beauty sits on our fridge (and it will do so with bountiful hematite magnets to ensure it never drops between the Bermuda Triangle abyss that exists between the refrigerator and kitchen counter where it could disappear forever.)
When my hubby and I are alone in the kitchen, I point to it.
And, we laugh some more.
But, for some reason, I’ve noticed a new pattern of behavior.
He feels compelled to fix something.
Even if he already did the dishes, took out the trash, helped our daughter with her homework and gave the kids a bath.
Something’s gonna get some fixing.
And, I’m not complaining.
This would be the “UP” side to kindergarten homework, folks.
So, pay attention to what your kids write and draw.
Seriously, there could be some really good stuff in there.
WHAT IS THE FUNNIEST THING YOU’VE SEEN WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR KID’S HOMEWORK?