posted on Sep, 9 2008 @ 10:59 PM
As a stay-at-home dad and a dad that helps his 10-year-old daughter with her homework...I totally agree.
I am constantly doing my best to influence her where school sadly lacks.
In encouraging her to ask me questions.
In making sure...ahem...bathroom reading material is cleverly disguised learning material.
I encourage her to express herself with art.
I make damn sure she's better than me at math!
Mostly by just being there to prod her into researching the answers she wants.
TV, and The Disney Channel are my sworn enemies. I have successfully taught her to turn off the TV and turn on music when it's time for homework.
She uses the Music Choice digital music channels that we get with our cable and listens to all kinds of music. Bluegrass and Traditional Folk is
climbing the Samantha charts all the time, but, in her heart, she's a rocker. I've gotten her into Blues, Jazz, Swing, and the one thing she has
grabbed ahold of herself is Punk Rock. Her favorite bands are The Dropkick Murphy's, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Pixies, The Presidents of the
USA and my old band, SplendorLex.
Parental Interaction. YES! A-Number-One answer!
And turn off the TV. (It's the Devil)