I wasn't the best math student in the world when I was in school. I did fine in my other classes, but once I got to high school and the more advanced math courses I struggled. I was fine with adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing whole numbers, but when we got into all the fractions, negatives numbers, and variables I got lost.

Anyway, like I said, I was fine with math until I got to high school. so I assumed I would be able to help my kids with their math homework up until high school at least. My daughter, who was in third grade at the time came home one day and said she needed me to check over her homework to be sure she hadn't missed any.

I was more than happy to see she was so conscientious, and I was happy to help. That night, when I looked at her homework I was totally confused. I could tell it was math, but that was about it. I actually had to study her text book for a couple hours that night before I could figure out what she was doing. And she was working with whole numbers, no fractions. It was the same basic math I had learned, but with new ways of solving equations.