Does your Pediatrician ask about Homework?

I received an email from a father in southern California who told me:

My 14 year old daughter was told by her doctor she was 40 pounds overweight, at 139 pounds and almost 5′ tall. The doctor said she was “too driven” and asked about homework. She carries a 3.8 GPA, but often stays up until midnight or beyond, and wakes up sometimes between 3-5 am just to finish homework assigned that day!

I just ordered your book and I look forward to reading it and discussing with her teachers the information it contains. I had no idea this movement existed, and I will be actively involved from now on.

This is the first time I’ve ever heard of a pediatrician asking about homework. Kudos to him/her and it made me think that all of us should suggest to our children’s pediatricians that they start asking their patients that same question.

This same father also told me that he stumbled across stophomework on facebook. Have you posted a link to stophomework on your facebook? If not, please do.

4 Comments on “Does your Pediatrician ask about Homework?”

  1. Kat says:

    I have posted various links on my Facebook page, but did you know that you could create a page for Stop Homework? Then all your various readers could become fans and then in true Facebook nature — friends of fans could be come fans, and so on and so on and so on.

    Here is a link to another book and website that has a “join us on facebook” page.

    I hope I’m not telling you something you already know, but Facebook is more and more become the social networking tool du jour. My company recently unblocked access to it because they feel it has business applications. Its a great way to get any message heard and proliferated.

    May 2nd, 2009 at 8:40 am
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  2. Kat says:

    forgot the link… http://shortbusbook.blogspot.com/

    May 2nd, 2009 at 8:41 am
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  3. FedUpMom says:

    Here’s a link to an article by Peggy Orenstein, about homework in kindergarten:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/03/magazine/03wwln-lede-t.html?_r=1&ref=magazine

    It’s pretty good, although I could do without the usual attempts to blame the parents and the cutesy-poo ending.

    May 2nd, 2009 at 10:23 am
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  4. Bethe says:

    Great post, Sara — I wrote an entry on this article as well.

    http://grassstainguru.com/2009/05/04/kindergarten-crisis-part-3/

    Cheers- Bethe

    May 4th, 2009 at 11:57 am
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