When your kids start primary school, you breathe a sigh of relief that life will finally get a little easier. You’re pawning them off on someone else for six blissful hours each day, what could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately, while you’re mid-sigh, they start bringing home homework, and you quickly realise you were wrong about life getting easier. Now, you not only have to remember what you were taught oh so long ago, but you also have to convince a tired and more cranky version of yourself to do their homework. Suddenly, you wish you could take back everything you’d said about the baby stage being hard, because it’s got nothing on the helping with homework stage. There will be tears, tantrums, and outbursts. And that’s just from you.
Thankfully, there are parents in the world who manage to be funny while trying to understand the hell that is common core math. And then they selflessly tweet their jokes so the rest of us can laugh in between crying fits. Proving once again, not all heroes wear capes.
If you think about it, this is two lessons in one. We’re basically over-achievers.
Helping your kids with their math homework is a good way to teach them about math and swear words.
— MyQuestionableLife (@2questionable) February 7, 2018
Sometimes your kids school you in their fancy new way of doing math. It doesn’t matter, you still won’t understand it.
My 7yo just kidsplained her math homework to me.
— SpacedMom (@copymama) April 4, 2017
Every marriage needs one person who excels at math. Choose your partner wisely, people.
[Married Pillow Talk]
Husband: Tell me what you want
Me: I want you to help our son with his math homework.
— Sara Says Stop (@PetrickSara) January 31, 2017
Look, desperate times call for desperate measures. Don’t judge another mother until you’ve walked a mile in her sensible mum shoes.
You know what goes great with helping your kid with math homework?
— Sarcastic Mummy (@sarcasticmommy4) April 20, 2018
The important thing is to teach our kids that it’s okay to show emotion. Crying is totally natural, especially when math is involved.
A child's homework isn't complete until it's stained with the tears of their parents.
— the Mum TruthBomb (@momTruthBomb) September 11, 2018
This seems like an accurate statistic.
13 out of 10 parents have difficulty helping their kids with Common Core math homework.
— HowToBeADad (@HowToBeADad) October 2, 2017
It’s a solid plan, but what happens when mum blocks your number, kid?
6yo: [doing math] Ugh! Why do I need to know this?!
Me: Well, what are you going to do when you’re an adult and need to know what 9 + 5 is?
6yo: Call you.
— Jessie (@mommajessiec) August 1, 2018
Just know this, helping with homework will make you question your intelligence and your sanity.
After helping my third grader with homework for 2 days, I wonder how I even graduated college.
— Mama Babbles… (@mama_babble) August 16, 2018
It’s this weird condition that affects every child who’s ever been assigned homework.
My son suffers from a condition where his hands are "too tired" to do homework, but become miraculously cured when he plays video games.
— Lurkin' Mum (@LurkAtHomeMom) January 19, 2017
Look, kid, do you want my help with your homework or do you want to get an A? You can’t have both.
Child: I need help with my homework.
Also the child: THAT’S NOT HOW YOU DO IT
— Rodney Lacroix (@moooooog35) April 3, 2018
When all else fails, call in reinforcements.
Store clerk: May I help you?
Me: I hope so. Sweetie go get your math homework, this nice woman is going to help us.
— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) March 13, 2018