A Problem Shared… Helping With Hard Homework

A Problem Shared Education | by | 16th Sep 2016

Maths Homework APS

How much help should you give with your child’s homework? And what if you struggle with the subjects too?

Mark from Merthyr Tydfil is stumped by his son’s maths homework and wants some advice in this week’s A Problem Shared…

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Hi FamilyPoint,

My eldest boy started high school recently and is bringing back homework for the first time. The thing is he’s asking for help with his maths and I’m absolutely shocking when it comes to numbers.

I don’t want to appear thick in front of him but I do want to help. I don’t think I’m gonna become a maths-whizz all of a sudden, so how can I help with his maths homework? And is it cheating if I do help him?


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Our FamilyPoint advice to Mark

Dear Mark,

Thank you for contacting us regarding your sons maths homework. It is so good that you are taking an interest in his home work and looking to work with him on this, you must have a good relationship with your son as he is happy to come to you for help.

No one is expecting you to become a maths-whizz, so please do not worry about that. It isn’t cheating to help your son with his homework as long as you are not actually doing it for him, but looking to help him do it.

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Teachers in many schools are very good with helping children and parents in your position, have you thought about going to see the teacher with your son and explaining the situation to them? It may also be worth checking out if your son’s school offers support with extra maths classes as some schools do this.

You can also purchase maths books that could be of help when working with your son, and I am sure the school would be happy to help advise you on the best books available.

Useful links…

There are various web sites that are very good at helping with maths, homework and supporting parents:

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