Help! It’s Math Homework Again

Here’s a familiar story. He comes home with his math homework. It’s 8th grade algebra. He can’t do it. He’s trying really hard. You say, “Well let me take a look. Maybe I can explain it to you.”  One glance and your eyes glaze over. You can’t do it either.  You can’t figure out as much as he can.

And it’s always kind of embarrassing. After all, you’ve been there for language arts, for social studies, even the dreaded science project.

Time to call his teachers. Explain exactly what’s going on. Be honest. Tell your child’s teacher you can’t do math.

One teacher I know who knew several students were having problems had them come in during their lunch hour for extra help.  She even set up two after-school classes every week for students who needed help.

Tutoring is also a great option if math continues to be a problem.

What’s worked at your house?  Leave us a comment.


  1. We can sure relate to this problem with math at our house. But haven’t solved it except to rely on our grandson’s math teacher. Luckily she’s been really helpful. Glad we’re not the only ones!

    • Eric,

      You’ve got lots of company. Parents often have to struggle to stay one step ahead of their children so they can help them.

      If the teacher doesn’t mind, and you have the time, pick up some pointers from the teacher. This way, you’ll be able to help your child.

      Also, if your child sees that you are interested in learning, and are struggling, don’t be surprised if your child ends up rescuing you.

      It sounds like it can be lots of fun. Enjoy the adventure.

      Dr. Linda

  2. I can relate to this as well. There have been many times that I thought to myself, “maybe I should go back to school.” Algebra was a very hard subject for me in school. When my sons went through it, I was lost in helping them. It helped for me to contact the teachers and ask for a little extra help for them. If I had to do it all over again, I would have hired my sons a tutor to help with them math homework.

    • Regina,

      Going back to school as an adult–what a great idea. Many a new career has begun by those in their 50s and older.

      So, if you are interested, go for it. You’ll be surprised how much easier it’ll be now. That’s because you have a huge number of addtitional brain cells that weren’t there when you were in school.

      You mentioned tutoring. For those interested in engaging the services of a tutor, and want to learn along with your child, find a tutor who will welcome you to join in the sessions (at no extra cost).

      This way you will be able to learn along with your child, and you can help each other when needed.

      Sounds like fun.

      Dr. Linda

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