Help! How Beatles Breaks have turned homework into homeplay


Remember my post from a few weeks ago about getting the guitar back into my life, and the way it was turning into an asset for the whole family?

Well, it’s continued–but with an incredible side effect. “Beatles Breaks” are now a routine way for me and my 7-year-old to make homework time more manageable. (Take a listen above.)

Check it: The above track came tonight when Milo was just about checked out from his second-grade math sheet. I could sense we were hitting the wall and I knew we needed to get our feet back on the ground. This became most obvious because he was tapping on the table belting The Beatles’ ‘Help.’ (I’m telling you, the kid telegraphs his passes with more predictability than Jameis Winston.)

What followed was this:

Me: “Milo, you need a Beatles Break?”

Him: “Yup.”

Me: “We do ‘Help’ and then you refocus to get through this math?”

Him: “Yup.”

Me: “Just for us, or are we recording?”

Him: “Recording.”

The results: A pretty amazing audio file that he can’t stop listening to, a terrific bonding moment between the two of us, and the understanding that tonight’s math was no longer a slog through the mud.

Sure, music might not be the thing in your house. It might be art. Maybe shooting hoops. Or cartwheels. Whatever the case, the one lesson Beatles Breaks have taught me is that it’s important to give these little monsters room to move–especially when instincts tell us otherwise.

Kyle Belanger

Written by: Kyle Belanger

Proud father to three children (in order: one deceased, one adopted and one biological), Kyle is constantly navigating the worlds between actively grieving and openly gloating. Learn more about Kyle here.

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