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Algebra and fractions put parents in a spin

A fear of formulas and fractions top the list of homework topics parents dread the most.


A study of 2,000 parents, commissioned by insurance group Aviva, found two thirds of parents admit they feel bottom of the class when trying to help out their children.

The poll revealed many parents are falling short when it comes to classroom classics like maths and science.

Half of the parents surveyed even admitted turning to Google when trying to help their children.

As well as decimals and dimensions putting parents in a spin, Roman History and the Periodic Table are also topics parents fear.

And it seems the fear does not stop there.

The survey revealed that four in 10 parents admit to competition between themselves and other parents.

In most households mums and dads often make a daily attempt to help out their children, with many helping by offering a short explanation on a subject or to complete a task.

Heather Smith, Marketing Director at Aviva UK said: “It’s unsurprising that maths tops the list of subjects parents dread the most.

“As a parent myself, I know first-hand the challenges faced when it comes to helping with homework. We have a responsibility to give our children the foundation for good financial literacy in the future.”

The result also showed that more than a third of parents worry that they’re being judged by their children’s teachers on the quality of their child’s homework.

Involvement in your child’s education from an early age can have a significant effect on their educational achievement.

Most children have two main educators in their lives – their parents and their teachers.

As a parent it is important to remember that helping your child solve problems and complete their homework shows you have an active interest in their studies.

But remember that completing it for them, without them fully understanding the topic, could see them top of the class, but it could also result in them being bottom.

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