My 10-year-old daughter accused me of throwing her homework away, and that’s what she told her teacher, too. I denied it. “Why would I throw your homework away?” I asked.
She sighed, “I asked you to check it and you must have put it in the pile of papers you were looking through.” I was looking through the accumulation of graded papers in her STAR notebook……….but I don’t remember her asking me to check her homework.
“You didn’t ask me to check your homework?” I said.
“Yes, I did, Mom. But my teacher said that it was okay if I couldn’t find it”.
I wondered what her teacher thought of me now……another distracted mom who can’t keep up with her child’s homework.
After my daughter went to bed I checked in the garbage can. I laughed to myself when I saw the math homework she had asked me to check. I went over it and left it on the coffee table for her to rework some of the problems this morning.
I love that my kids so easily forgive me when I mess up. It seems to come so naturally to them, almost like there is no other choice. I wish I could be more that way. I need to be more that way.