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Mom: First Teacher, and Homework Hero!

Survey looks how much we stress over homework, but how committed we are to our kids learning


Moms do a lot.

We're our kids first teachers, and as they get older, we're also important mentors.

One of the things we do to help our children learn and grow is help them with their school work.

Brainly, a peer-to-peer learning community for students, parents, and teachers polled 700 American parents to discover what stresses us out the most about homework, and which states moms spend the most time helping their kids with homework.

Shocking! "New" Math causes conundrums for moms as well as kids.

85% of U.S. mothers think math is different today than when they were in school and say they struggle to help their children with math homework.

77% of moms have stayed up late with their kids proofreading a paper or helping with homework.

71% of mothers are the main homework helper in their household, followed by their partner/spouse.

55% of American mothers think a child�s parents play the largest role in his or her academic success.

Dads (50%) think it's teachers.

A third of moms say they're sometimes stressed out helping their children with homework, but we do it anyway.

Here are the states that rate highest for moms who spend more than 2 hours a night helping their kids with homework:

  • Arizona - 68%
  • Minnesota - 57%
  • Iowa - 56%
  • Texas - 56%
  • Kansas - 53%
  • Wisconsin - 49%
  • Pennsylvania - 45%
  • Illinois - 45%
  • Delaware - 43%
  • Wisconsin - 41%

So happy Mother's Day to every woman who's helped a child grow into a happy and healthy human being. And to those of you who've lost a little bit of sleep and gotten a few more gray hairs, all to make sure a child succeeds in school and beyond, Sparkt salutes you!

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