SOLC 18 of 31: Homework vs. “Home”-work

Sundays are for doing homework and “home”-work.

Homework: work that is assigned to you by others to do at home. Often involving work for an academic pursuit.

“Home”-work: work that you need to do in your home for life, sanity, organization, planning, etc. Examples include: laundry, cleaning, shopping online, e-mail, organizing, blogging and commenting.

Yesterday I needed to do both. My children are at Hebrew School for three hours on Sunday morning, so that is a very nice stretch of time for homework and “home”-work.

I sat at my computer some of that time yesterday with my homework for my doctoral program at my side, but I mostly was doing other “home”-work. Each time my husband came into the kitchen where I sat he said jokingly, “That doesn’t look like homework! That looks like shoe shopping!” or “That doesn’t look like homework, that looks like blogging!” And indeed it was – but it was my “home”-work. I was ordering shoes online for my daughter for an upcoming occasion. I was blogging and commenting for this challenge. I was cleaning off my kitchen counters and reclaiming the spaces that my puppy has taken over. All of this my “home” work.

And then, with 45 minutes left before the kids returned, I did my homework. I read my article, read a chapter and turned in an assignment.

Sundays are for doing homework and “home”-work. Got to do both yesterday.


  1. March 18, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    I love this post because homework and “home” work came to a head this weekend! It is hard to balance the two and “home” work always seems to take over the homework.

  2. Megan Watson said,

    March 18, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    I love your definitions/distinctions between these two very important/annoying at times tasks. Our students have no idea how much homework/”home”-work they will have to continue to do as adults. My post is about homework today, too, but more so about the monitoring of it, not doing it myself.

  3. March 19, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Sounds like my Sundays. Though there is a lot of “home” work I would like to delegate to others…

  4. EugeniaKouts said,

    March 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

    I love this post because when I was working on my masters, I would take a break from writing a paper by cleaning the kitchen counters, or throwing a load of laundry in the washer, or folding the dried clothes, or paying the bills, All things that had to get done, but when faced between writing a paper or doing these chores, the chores seemed more appealing! Good job getting your homework and your “home”work done!

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