5 Stages of 'Helping' Your Kid Do His Homework (PHOTOS)

Jacqueline Burt Cote | Oct 11, 2013 Big Kid

homeworkFunny thing about homework: As kids, we can't wait to grow up and never have to do homework again. Then we grow up and find out -- oh no! -- homework is even more horrific when you have kids of your own! 

Why? Well, for a variety of reasons; chief among them: Homework sucks, and your kids don't want to do it anymore than you want to make them do it. Throw hunger, fatigue, and a few infuriatingly newfangled math concepts into the mix and you've got the makings of a nightmare!

In my experience, there are 5 distinct phases to the exasperating experience that is "helping" your child with his homework. Click through -- bet you'll recognize a few!


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  • Stage #1: Secret Dread


    Okay. You can do this. You made it through school, right? You're totally qualified! But not if fractions are involved. Cause who remembers that sh*t?? Oh god, please no fractions ...

  • Stage #2: Escalating Panic


    Number families? Front end estimation?? Whatever happened to good old addition and subtraction?! Your kid now officially believes you are the biggest moron on the planet. (Are you??)

  • Stage #3: Bargaining/Denial


    Wait a minute, he has to finish how many pages in his workbook? That can't be right. Is his teacher insane?? Doesn't this violate some kind of child labor laws?! 

  • Stage #4: Acceptance/Resignation


    Okay, fine. It really is due tomorrow, and there really are 10 pages, and you really don't know what "number families" are. At least you know how to Google, which is what you're going to be doing all night. Pass the vodka.

  • Stage #5: Deep Shame


    Yeah, you knew it would come to this: You're doing his homework for him. Well, kids need their sleep, don't they?? As long as you can make your handwriting look like an 8-year-old's, no one needs to know. (This doesn't count as forgery, does it??)

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