Study finds majority of parents struggle to helping kids with homework

(WXYZ) - Getting kids to do their homework can be tough, but it can be even harder when they ask you for help and you don't know the answer.

A small, new study from the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) and Google found 49.1 percent of parents admit they struggle to help kids with their homework and 46.5 percent say it was because they didn't understand the subject matter.

The study was based on online surveys from nearly 300 adults between August 22nd, 2013 and August 30th, 2013.

Researchers also found one in three parents has difficulty connecting with their child because he or she doesn't want help.

One in five parents also felt they didn't have enough time to help kids with homework in the way they should.

If you're struggling to help your child with homework, the NCFL has provided the following tips:

  • Check out online resources: provides tips and links to a variety of subjects, including geography, math and science
  • Make learning fun: Encourage children to be curious and to investigate topics that interest them
  • Talk over dinner: Spend a few minutes talking to children over meals about what they're learning
  • Find educational apps: Explore resources for your smartphone or tablet that can supplement what your child is learning in school
  • Talk to teachers: Don't be afraid to email your child's teacher to ask how you can reinforce what's being taught in class at home  
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