'I do damage control parenting when it comes to homework.'
Even after 3 kids at best I do damage control parenting when it comes to homework. But I have found that checking through their bags and asking - actually nagging. Do you have any homework has proved marginally effective as long as you remember to keep asking and keep checking which doesn't always happen.
Earlier this year, I found myself at 11.45pm on a Sunday night sitting in the yard at the garden table trying to understand "Preparing for high school maths" in order to understand what was required for maths homework in the next 8 hours when school started! And many other days and nights I have spent begging, coaxing and bribing in order to get homework and projects done! Nawaal