I am all for kids reading everyday, or if a child is truly behind or not doing their work at school, then yes homework is necessary; other then that, it is way too much.
Homework has meant days of torture, with tears, fits and pleadings to 'just do your work then you could be done already!'
Thankfully, the tears seem less frequent now and overall my kids do pretty good just sitting down and doing their homework. Once they gave in to the inevitable, that yes there is always homework and yes they do have to do it, it got easier. Doesn't make me like it though.
I have found the solution for making homework time my time.
When it is homework time we all gather round the table in our spots, the kids with their books and me with my iPad or computer. You see, when I am sitting right there by them, it seems like I am with them, it seems like I am part of the torturous process with them, so they aren't suffering on their own; but me, I am happily playing a game, writing a blog post, like this very one and having some Mommy Time.
It really becomes a win-win. I know they are getting their work done, I am here if they have any questions or are legitimately stuck, and here to give the not so subtle reminders to keep working as needed, but I can get me-things done.
I've got this homework thing down pat.
**To my parenting friends with little ones, kinder, first and even second graders-- sorry you might not quite be able to work this system yet, but endure those first few years, your time will come.