These days when it comes to helping with the boys' homework I am pretty hopeless! It is a stressful enough event with a full complement of communication skills so when I tried to help with jakes maths homework the other week, Jake only just beat me to breaking down into floods of tears through sheer frustration!
However this week, I was able to offer a little more help. He had been asked to find a poem which dealt with a dilemma. They just trip off the tongue, don't they? No. And they certainly didn't off a 9 year old boy's. A boy who lives in a house of boys more interested in poo than Poe!
Just as I was about to delve into Google with various permutations of words including "child", "poetry" and "dilemma" I had a better idea.
So the next day Jake was packed off to school with a printout of what has to be the best example of poetry on the subject of dilemmas; Should I Stay or Should I Go by the celebrated poet, Strummer.
It was apparently received well!