Every parent has, at some point or another, found themselves in the awkward position of having to say “sorry, I can’t help you with your homework tonight because I don’t know how to do it either”. For a multitude of parents, this “oh no” moment happens with math. But there is no need to panic. Just because you do not know how to do the actual math the child is doing does not mean you cannot help them to figure it out for themselves and learn along the way.
As children age older, the parents need to shift their homework support from technical support to logistical support. This means that help moves from “let me show you” to “let’s tackle this together”. Below are some ways that you can make the most out of this inevitable situation and help the child to finish homework assignments… even if you don’t quite understand how to do it yourself.
There are three things that you don’t want to do if your child is asking for help with math homework.
The most important thing is to remember that no more than 20 minutes should be spent working through a problem if neither you nor the child knows what to do. If you cannot solve it, acknowledge that they will need to get more instructions from their teacher before they can finish it and let them know that they can ask for help the next class day. It is important to note that you cannot always win everything but they tried and that was important.
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