We've all been there: our child has a problem with their Maths homework. We offer to sit down with them to work it out together. Half an hour later, and we're still staring at the Maths textbook, scratching our heads in confusion.
Maths has changed in many respect since most of us were at school. New methods for solving Maths problems do come on the scene every few years or so, and unless you're a Maths teacher, it can be hard to keep up!
For example, in many primary schools, Maths is called numeracy. But that's not the only thing you might find unfamiliar. Children do their Maths work using number lines and they calculate using the grid method and something called "chunking" - none of which make sense to the average parent.
This does present a challenge for most of us, especially those of us who weren't particularly good at Maths at school in the first place. How are we supposed to keep up with all of these changes? After all, we all want to help our children when homework problems arise.
Of course, we suggest getting a Maths tutor for your child if they are struggling. But have you ever thought about having some Maths tuition yourself? First Tutors have a number of specialists in Maths who are conversant with the national curriculum. If you explain how old your child is, they will be able to take you through the relevant mathematical methods that they use so that there will be no more tears at homework time.