10 REASONS NOT TO PILE HOMEWORK ON YOUR YOUNG CHILDREN

Think about whether it's worth it before you just follow the crowd.
  1. It will make them tired.
  2. It will stress them out.
  3. It will stress you out.
  4. It will reduce the amount of time they spend getting exercise.
  5. It will reduce the amount of time they spend learning other things and in other ways.
  6. It will reduce the amount of time they spend developing social skills.
  7. It will reduce the amount of time they engage in imaginative, creative, and unstructured play.
  8. It will teach them to associate school and learning with negative feelings.
  9. It will burn them out by the time they reach high school when they really do need to do a lot of homework to get good grades to get into college.
  10. With no evidence of more than marginal benefits (does being able to spell or add a little better at an early age really make any difference a few years later?), it will rob them of a joyful childhood, potentially leading to lifelong burdens and obstacles to success and fulfillment due to depression, anxiety, and/or anger and resentment.