If school work seems quite different for your kids than when you were still learning your ABCs and figuring out how long it takes a train to go 50 miles, you’re not alone. Hilary Duff’s post on Instagram lamenting the challenges of math homework is definitely one most parents can relate to.

“This guy with his spirit and kindness. Homework is already no joke in 2nd grade,” Duff wrote in the caption of her post which featured a picture of herself and son, Luca. “I stopped going to ‘real’ school in 3rd grade so I’m actually doomed… I am left scratching my head all the time looking at his homework and I’m terrified for next year!”

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Even if you spent your early years in a traditional school system, you can still be left scratching your head over some of the newer methods of teaching, especially when it comes to math. Curriculum also appears to be getting more advanced over the decades with kids learning concepts earlier than previous generations.

That doesn’t mean you have to throw in the towel on helping your kids with their homework. After all, we do have one amazing tool our parents never did: the internet––where you can not only turn for answers, but also plenty of moral support, like the outpouring of comments Duff received from other parents on her post.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

Featured photo: Hilary Duff via Instagram

 

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