Be There: Homework in the Car

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - In this week's "Be There" moment, we see how one family has mastered the art of multi-tasking. The busy mother in our story encouraged her children to finish their homework in the car while she ran errands.

She got her tasks done and the children found their nights were freed up after finishing their school work early.

"Ever since middle school we've been doing homework in the car so we don't have to do it at home," Sylvester Long told News Leader Nine.

His mother, Anjannette Williams added, "A lot of days I have a lot of things to do, I run errands after school and have to pay bills or something like that. Sometimes it takes a couple of hours so I try to do that and they work in the car."

It seems like a simple concept, and the idea of finishing their homework ahead of time has its advantages.

Williams said, "I like for them to do it in the car when I'm in the car, that way if they have questions, they have my attention and can ask me in the car. My son and daughter can help each other versus getting home, shutting themselves in their room and not wanting to be disturbed."

The children understand the meaning behind the method. Sylvester, who is in 11th grade at Columbus High School, said, "Your family wants to spend time with you but you can't because you have homework to do so you shut yourself in your room all day and that's why it's better to do it in the car on the way home from school."

But they admit there are a couple of downfalls. 10th grade student at Northside High, Christina Long, said, "When she takes the bumps, it's hard to write and try to focus on the road to know when the bumps are coming. But its fine, and we get a lot done."

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