Families are strengthened when parents allow their children to take responsibility for their own school duties. If parents do the assignments, children will never learn to do their own work.
I am specifically thinking of the assignment to make a valentine box to receive valentines from classmates. This is a practice that has been around since I was in grade school. I remember working hard every year to make a beautiful box from construction paper, etc. Then I would get to school only to see fancy boxes with ruffled crepe paper, doilies, etc. I wondered how my classmates could make such beautiful boxes. I did not realize until I had children in elementary school that those valentine boxes were made by adults – or at least older teenagers. My husband said that he never made a valentine box. His school provided envelopes for the children to decorate to receive their valentines.
Today I saw a picture of the valentine box taken to school by one of my granddaughters. It looked like a Kleenex box with a floral design and a sign saying, “Happy Valentine’s Day.” My first thought was “My granddaughter is a genius!” Then I wished beautiful Kleenex boxes were around when I was a kid!
My point is that children develop talents and self-confidence by doing their own assignments whether that assignment is academic or simply a valentine box. Parents have the responsibility to step back and allow their children to learn and develop.