What Do You Do When You Realize You Are Not Smarter Than A 5th Grader?

This is a really funny article by Sarah Maizes, Los Angeles mom and writer who blogs at www.mommyliteonline.com

She writes that she used to “preside over her kids’ homework like the President Of Mensa…” (click on link below to read the article)

If you’re like Sarah (and me), you’ve stumbled over your child’s homework. I recently asked my husband Barry’s aunt, Naomi, whether she was able to help her son with his high school homework. Her son is a math genius. He maxed out on his high school math classes and took courses at University of Pennsylvania. She looked at me like I was crazy to even ask the question. Her response? “It would have been pointless! The professors answered his questions!” And, Naomi is really smart.

In my house, it’s getting tricky. I’m married to a college MATH MAJOR. If there’s a mistake in the homework, I admit, it’s usually my error. The few times when I’ve overruled my 4th grade daughter, I’m almost always wrong. Barry gives me THE LOOK. I’m really looking forward 5th grade homework!! And, if our kids do turn out like Barry’s cousin, at least there will be somebody here to help them. Whew!

What Do You Do When You Realize You Are Not Smarter Than A 5th Grader?

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Christina Simon: Los Angeles, California, United States I'm the mom of two kids who attended The Willows School in Culver City and Viewpoint School in Calabasas. My daughter is a graduate of Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism ('23) and my son is a sophomore at UPenn/Wharton ('26). I live in Coldwater Canyon with my husband, Barry, and our dogs. Contact me at csimon2007@gmail.com

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