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

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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Lovin... LovinJerseyMama

Maybe I'm one of the select few who enjoy doing homework with their children? I enjoy spending that one on one time with my kid, going over what they learned that day and helping to reinforce those lessons. Education is necessary to succeed in life, and my country doesn't place enough emphasis on that. I want my kids to enjoy learning new things and I want them to want to be smart. I don't want them to think homework is stupid or a waste of time. Same with school. Not too mention, homework isn't that difficult or time consuming! What's a half hour with your kid? Is it that torturous?

Simon... SimonzKedge

People actually do their kids' homework for them? And that teaches them... what exactly?

Coles... Coles_mom

I was a 4.0 student in school and college. I was a classical piano major, so I didn't HAVE to go overboard on the math and sciences. I still took calculus and physics-along with all the "lesser" courses. That being said, I DO NOT understand my 2nd graders math homework. It's like a "backwards" way of finding the answers. I'm a very straight thought process person and I simply don't get it. Whatever happened to just addition/subtraction?!? Holy Moses!

mbnic... mbnich0269

Spot on...except #5

nekoy... nekoyukidoll

@simonz: yep, I knew a mom who did it for her then 14y/o daughter who was supposedly a really smart girl; she used to go to a private Episcopal school and later a prestigious fine arts HS. I used to wonder if she or her mom (or college age sisters even) wrote her entrance essay; wouldn't be surprised if she didn't.

ktobin2 ktobin2

Kids shouldn't have homework. They should learn what they need to learn in class, come home and play outside and then get ready for a good night's sleep.

PinkB... PinkButterfly66

I fully admit giving my daughter the answers on her math sheet one day in first grade.  We were running late and she'd forgotten it the night before.  She was hysterical that she forgot.  I told her what the answers were and she wrote them down.    It didn't scar her or hurt her education.  It was a one time deal.  She's in 10th grade and has been making straight As since then.

hexxuss hexxuss

Wowl, I must be the mean mom.  My son is Autistic and I still won't do it for him.  Good or bad, right or wrong, he needs to be responsible for his own work.

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