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What do I do when I don't understand my child's homework?

User
May 23, 2015

I was never good at math. My son is struggling too. I am a single mom and I feel stupid I can't help him figure this out. I am afraid of what he will think of me when he figures out I don't know what I'm doing.

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User in Athens, OH
May 23, 2015

It is far more important for you as a mother to love, care for, and encourage your child than it is for you to know how to do all of his homework. It is better to get someone who can help him than to pretend you understand when you don't, and I think he will respect you more for admitting you don't know it all rather than faking it. You don't have to be good at math to be a great mom. My own mom is not a math person at all, but I don't think less of her for it, and she is a wonderful mother.

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User in Sterling, IL
May 23, 2015

look it up on youtube

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User in Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 25, 2015

I agree with the others not being good in math doesn't have anything to do with knowing math. The internet is amazing for resources on how to do problems - there are also homework hotlines that your child can use - check them out carefully because he is chatting with a human that you don't know - I would believe the school should have those numbers and staying after school for additional help is usually an offering for kids who struggle. The thing with math is cognitive reasoning doe not develop until late teens - like 19-late 20's. Math problems stimulate the brain to begin to reason - it is easier for some and hard for a lot of people. Best wishes to you and your son. PMathis RN BSN MSP DC

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Trust and believe you are not alone. If you go to the school district and explain things in their categorical department, your may be entitled to over twenty hours of free tutoring mandated by law. They can come to your home,library,etc.

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User in Albany, NY
Nov. 11, 2015

My younger brother's math homework is extremely difficult for both myself and my mom. When she couldn't figure it out, she would ask me. After that, we would resort to google or write a note to the teacher explaining that my brother was having difficulty, but we did not understand how to do the homework either. Usually the teacher would further explain the concept and it would be easier for my brother to understand.

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Check with the school to see if they offer tutoring or ask the subject teacher if there is any recommended online study programs.

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I think it's much better if, instead of helping with your child's homework, you help encourage him. If you don't understand the homework, then you may end up giving your child false instructions. I suggest setting up an appointment with your child's teacher so that your child receives the help he deserves. An alternative is that you can find someone who is knowledgeable regarding the homework's topic, and that person would be better suited to assist your child.

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User in Brooklyn, NY
May 23, 2015

Hi, I am a single mom too! No worries nothing wrong in telling them" I don't know how to do this". Go to the school, they have resource rooms for math and reading to help kids who need the help, also ask if they have a list of tutors from the school that you can call to help him one on one, at your home. No one will judge you, trust me, a lot of us parents are in the same boat, especially with this common core thing! hope this helps! :)

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Get him a tutor and go with him so that you are getting tutored as well

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User in Buffalo, NY
May 23, 2015

You can look up interactive sites for your son to learn math, get some math games that are fun. Even use things he likes and create math games to figure things out. Youtube always has videos of people explaining things. When I don't understand something in math or chemistry I look it up on youtube. You can even talk to his teacher on the low and i'm sure he/she would not mind explaining things to you either. Everyone learns things differently, I learn interactively and visually. I have to see things in front of me and see the process. So it just depends on the learner. Songs are a good way to remember things as well and to learn stuff

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User in Barstow, CA
May 23, 2015

My dad was in that situation with me, when I would ask him for help he would just tell me "I'm to stupid for that ask your teacher" and as a 14 year old that was rough to hear. I would recommend getting a tutor for your son and learning along side him. Lead by example and show him that if you can learn it he can too.

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User in Meadville, PA
Oct. 25, 2015

You can make an appointment with your child's teacher and discuss it with her. I took my son to the school because he didn't feel comfortable asking the teacher. Making the appointment opened up for communication for my son and his teacher. Then he could ask her to explain the math. One time we used a smart neighbor, we went knocking on her door for help. People are nice, you just have to ask.

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User in Bronx, NY
May 23, 2015

Do not worry, get someone to help him.

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