When my nine-year-old son does his homework, I have to sit next to him, supervising. If I don't, his mind has a tendency to wander, and the work doesn't get done. Last night I sat next to him at the kitchen table. But instead of doing his homework, he was goofing around, looking out the window and humming songs.
"Bubba. You need to focus, or you're never going to finish!" I said.
"Maybe I'll focus if you stop watching me," he answered.
"Fine. I have lots of work to do, anyway," I said getting up. "Go ahead and work on this yourself."
"But Mama, you have to stay."
"Why do I have to stay?" I asked.
"Because your presence helps me focus. Just don't watch me."
So I closed my eyes and took a little nap at the kitchen table while he did his homework. Not a bad deal - I get some rest, and he gets his work done!