With school out for summer, we bet there are a lot of parents breathing a sigh of relief that they won’t be asked to help their kids out with any homework. And while you may think parents would gladly help their children with their school work, a new survey reveals the exact opposite to be true (you can blame Common Core and “new ways” of doing math for that).
The truth is, 42% of parents with kids ages five to 12 say they are intimidated when their child needs help with math or science homework. In fact, it’s so bad, that 40% of those intimidated parents say they’d rather scrape gum off all the desks in their kids classroom than have to tackle their math and science homework.
So, what do parents do when their kids come to them for help? Well, 55% say they frequently look up math and science questions, but don’t tell their kids they did so. Online search engines are the first stop parents go to for help (79%), followed by a significant other (36%) and a smartphone app (29%).
And then there are the parents who do their best just to get out of helping. Two thirds of parents say they find a way to stall when they can’t answer their child immediately. The go-to technique for 46% of parents is to ask the kid what they thought the answer was, while 27% send their kid to their significant other for help.